House passes ‘minibus’ funding bill
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Sep 26, 2018
Congress on Sept. 26 passed a ‘minibus’ funding bill that includes a short-term continuing resolution that will temporarily fund the government through early December.
The passage of the $854 billion spending bill averts a government shutdown that was expected on Sept. 30, and funds the military and many civilian agencies through Dec. 7.
According to House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, at this point, Congress has approved 75 percent of all annual discretionary funding prior to the end of the fiscal year—which hasn’t occurred in more than 20 years.
“The Department of Defense is now set to receive its full funding on time for the first time in over ten years,” Frelinghuysen said in a news release, adding, “Providing this stability and predictability to our military leaders is a necessary and welcome step as we rebuild our Armed Forces.”
The legislation will now be sent to the president, who is expected to sign it.
In separate legislation, the House also approved $1.68 billion in emergency relief funding related to Hurricane Florence.