House Clears Continuing Resolution, Awaits 9/11 Bill

Posted December 21, 2010 at 6:38pm

The House cleared a continuing resolution to keep the government operating through March 4, setting up an early showdown next year between President Barack Obama and ascendant House Republicans demanding deep budget cuts.

The spending bill goes to Obama’s desk for his signature following the 193-165 House vote Tuesday evening. The Senate passed it earlier in the day, 79-16. The House also cleared a food safety bill, a federal agency performance measure, and a reauthorization of science and technology research and education programs.

That leaves a potential vote on health care for Sept. 11 first responders as the last item keeping the House in session for the 111th Congress.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said a vote was likely Wednesday, assuming the Senate passes the measure, and he urged House Members to stay in town.