The House of Representatives passed its latest short-term continuing resolution to keep the government open in spite of an earlier statement from the White House that the administration opposes the measure.
White House opposes short-term spending bill
In a vote of 236-187, the House approved offered H.R. 1363, the GOP's third continuing resolution to fund government offices and programs as federal lawmakers work on a long-term funding solution for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The current funding mechanism expires after tomorrow, April 8. This most recent bill would fund government operations for another week and reduce spending by $12 billion.
Earlier Thursday, the White House expressed strong opposition to House Republicans' latest short-term spending bill to keep the federal government open, saying President Barack Obama will veto the measure if he's presented with it.
“This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of fiscal year 2011 and avert a disruptive federal government shutdown that would put the nation's economic recover in jeopardy,” said the White House's statement of administration policy. “The administration will continue to work with the Congress to arrive at a compromise that will fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year in a way that does not undermine future growth and job creation and that averts a costly government shutdown.”
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