Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Congress Funds Government, Out of Session until January

The Senate voted Friday night to pass a stopgap measure to fund the government into April, avoiding a partial government shutdown and effectively concluding legislative work for the remainder of the year.

Contentious fights over water projects and health provisions for miners threatened to derail the bipartisan effort, but enough Democrats eventually joined with Republicans to pass the measure 63-36.

The House passed their version of the continuing resolution 326-96 on Thursday, allowing both chambers to get out of Washington a week earlier than scheduled and prepare for the next session that will begin in 2017 under the new incoming administration.

Both chambers are set to return to legislative business the first week of January 2017.

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