Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

The Senate tonight passed a stopgap budget bill to keep the government funded through November 18.

The new pact, which the Senate approved 79 to 12 and the House is expected to ratify next week, will keep federal agencies open until Nov. 18 at a level of spending that represents a 1.5 percent cut from this year’s levels.

After FEMA said it had enough funds to last through Friday, Senators dropped a billion dollars for disaster relief from the bill:

Democrats and Republicans have agreed to drop $1 billion in disaster relief funding that had been thought to be necessary to replenish FEMA’s coffers before the week ended.


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    This is ridiculous (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by jbindc on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 08:19:47 AM EST
    We're going to keep having these stopgap measures every few months - and with next year an election year, it's going to get nastier.

    I agree (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Zorba on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 08:43:20 AM EST
    It does seem as though there are no grown-ups in the room.

    They have to do something to LOOK like (5.00 / 0) (#3)
    by MO Blue on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 08:57:59 AM EST
    they are earning their salary and very generous tax payer subsidized benefits. Need I mention that I seriously doubt either their salaries or their benefits will be put on the chopping block as part of the so called shared sacrifice.

    Good article The Super Lie Behind Super Congress

    BTW, you will be excited to know that Paul Ryan plans to new budget reforms.


    Ooh! The anticipation! (none / 0) (#4)
    by jbindc on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 09:21:38 AM EST
    site violator (none / 0) (#6)
    by jeffinalabama on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 01:36:10 AM EST