Congress Passes Sixth Continuing Resolution to Fund Government


Congress Passes Sixth Continuing Resolution to Fund Government

Legislative Update
March 17, 2011

Today, Congress continues to try to finalize Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 funding, passing another short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), the sixth time that it has done so, which will fund the government for another 3 weeks until April 8. The bill now heads to the White House, where President Obama is expected to sign it.

The bill, H.J. Res 48, reduces funding to a number of government programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, although the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is not affected by the cuts, which total $6 billion. The measure passed the House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 271-158, with 54 Republicans and 101 Democrats voting against the bill. On Thursday, the Senate passed the measure 87-13, clearing it for signing by President Obama.