Senate Approves Stopgap Funding Measure

Posted October 29, 2009 at 5:37pm

The Senate voted 72-28 Thursday in favor of a stopgap measure to fund the government through Dec. 18, likely ensuring the chamber will be in session until that date. The six-week funding extension “should allow enough time for the remaining appropriation bills to be completed,— Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) noted Thursday. Congress has approved just four conference reports of the 12 appropriations measures this year. The new fiscal year began Oct. 1, necessitating the stopgap funding until all the appropriations measures are approved.The continuing resolution, attached to the $32.2 billion Interior appropriations bill, was approved by the House on Thursday and now moves to the White House for signature. The current CR expires Saturday.