House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill Seeking to Avoid Shutdown Through Dec. 11 - September 23, 2020
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The House passed 359-57 a short-term spending bill on Tuesday, setting the stage to delay a potential shutdown until Dec. 11.
Lawmakers struck a bipartisan agreement on the continuing resolution after negotiations over which “anomalies” to include above fiscal 2020 spending levels. House Democrats had agreed to the Senate Republicans’ demands for the length of the continuing resolution, but delayed a scheduled vote on their stopgap bill after Republicans objected to it. The two sides have since agreed to include relief funds for farmers impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic and President Trump’s trade disputes in exchange for spending on nutritional programs. Absent congressional action, federal agencies would be forced to close their doors on Oct. 1.