House approves bill to fund government through September

WASHINGTON Wed Mar 6, 2013 3:00pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in his first cabinet meeting of his second term in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, March 4, 2013. Pictured with Obama are (L-R) Small Business Administration's Karen Mills, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in his first cabinet meeting of his second term in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, March 4, 2013. Pictured with Obama are (L-R) Small Business Administration's Karen Mills, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to keep federal funds flowing to government agencies through September 30, seeking to avert shutdowns that otherwise would begin on March 27 when current funding expires.

The House bill was passed by 267 votes to 151. It gives President Barack Obama's administration flexibility in how it will achieve savings in defense and veterans' programs that are required as part of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that began on Friday.

Next week, the Senate is expected to take up the "continuing resolution" to keep the government operating through the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends on September 30. That measure is expected to give broader flexibility on achieving the automatic spending cuts than the House-passed bill.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan and David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Harry079 wrote:
“Next week, the Senate is expected to take up the “continuing resolution” to keep the government operating through the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends on September 30.”

I’m sorry a continuing resolution from Congress is NOT passing a budget.

The Budget Control Act of 2013 REQUIRES Congress to pass a budget or they lose their pay and the debt limit does nor get raised one penny until they do.

The Budget Control Act of 2013 is referrd to as the NO BUDGET NO PAY ACT.

THEY HAVE TO PASS A BUDGET.

Mar 06, 2013 2:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
The bill, known as the No Budget No Pay Act of 2013, directs both chambers of Congress to adopt a budget resolution for fiscal year 2014 by April 15, 2013. If either body fails to pass a budget, members of that body would have their paychecks put into an escrow account starting on April 16 until that body adopts a budget. Any pay that is withheld would eventually be released at the end of the current Congress even if a budget doesn’t ever pass.

Mar 06, 2013 2:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jameson4Lunch wrote:
Harry079 – I could be wrong, but I believe the BCA just says their pay is placed in escrow until either they pass a budget, or the last day of the 113th Congress. They still get paid. No mention of the debt ceiling. Just politics as usual, a bill to appease people that doesn’t actually do anything.

Mar 06, 2013 3:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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