Congress Avoids Shutdown and House Passes $1.1T Spending Bill

As reported by The Hill, the federal government has avoided a shutdown with a two-day extension.  The House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund most of the government until the next financial year, which the Senate will now consider. According to NPR, the House’s approval came less than three hours before a Thursday midnight deadline that threatened a federal shutdown. The legislation was nicknamed “cromnibus” because it combines the traditional sweeping scope of an omnibus spending bill with a continuing resolution.

The Hill reports,

The Senate approved two-day extension of government funding by voice-vote at the end of a dramatic day where Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Obama muscled a $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” package through the House in a 219-206 vote.

Shortly before the dramatic vote, the House approved the stopgap funding bill by unanimous consent to give the Senate more time to consider the main funding package. . . There are also objections in the Senate over the cromnibus, which is one reason why Reid had to pass the short-term continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown.

For more information, see the full story from The Hill and this coverage from NPR.