Senate Agrees on Continuing Resolution to Fund Federal Government
The Senate last night approved by a 79-12 vote a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through Nov. 18. The measure contains about $2.5 billion in disaster relief funds. The key to the bipartisan deal was reducing disaster funding from $3.65 billion to $2.5 billion after the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that it has enough money to provide disaster assistance through Friday — the last day of the fiscal year.
The Senate also approved by voice vote a four-day CR to keep the government running through Oct. 4. The House can approve the short-term measure by unanimous consent in a pro forma session on Thursday. That step will give the House time to consider the longer-term CR next week.