Senate approves stopgap government funding bill, syncs up with the House

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WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday afternoon approved a continuing resolution (CR) the House passed last week that funds the government through mid-November.

The measure passed 82-15.

It now heads to the White House where President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law. If no action is taken, the government will run out of money at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Oct. 1.

The CR funds the government at existing levels through Nov. 21. It reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for that duration and reimburses the Commodity Credit Corporation for payments it has made to farmers who have been hurt by the trade with China. It also includes $250 million for Ukraine.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has passed 10 of the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund the government. The Senate Appropriations Committee has marked up several appropriations bills this week.

This article is republished with permission from TMN