Shutdown averted, as Senate follows House to fund government through Dec. 11
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Oct 01, 2020
The Senate joined the House in passing a stopgap spending bill—avoiding a looming shutdown and further disruption to a country already roiled by the deadly and economy-wrecking COVID pandemic and turbulent election season.
The lawmakers passed the temporary continuing resolution, or “CR”, by a vote of 84-10, during the last hours of Sept. 30. Since signed by President Trump, the law keeps government operations and obligations funded through Dec. 11.
Federal employee unions expressed relief in behalf of their members and the public—while noting in the current polarized political environment more trouble over even basic funding for agencies may still lie ahead.
“It remains unclear if December will bring another CR or if Congress and the White House can reach an agreement on full-year funding,” the National Treasury Employees Union said in a statement. “NTEU will continue to urge lawmakers to provide federal agencies with adequate full-year funding for the remainder of fiscal 2021.”
The last-minute funding move occurred against the backdrop of even higher-stakes negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who continued to wrestle over potentially more than $2 trillion in emergency COVID-related spending.