Continuing Resolution Heads to House Floor for Vote

September 15, 2012

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday approved the six-month continuing resolution that will keep the government up and running until March 27. The bill now heads to the House floor for a vote, which could come as early as Thursday.

The bill also contains a provision — requested by President Obama, and denounced by federal unions — further freezing federal pay until a budget is passed for all of fiscal 2013.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., testified before the Rules Committee and called the bill “basic and necessary legislation that must be in place before the end of the fiscal year” Sept. 30. But he also said it is “not good governance” and “risky for the nation’s financial future” to keep funding the government on temporary continuing resolutions that only extend current spending levels, and not by passing actual budgets.

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