House Votes 271-158 to Fund Government through April 8
4:14 PM, Mar 15, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Despite opposition from some conservatives, including Republican Study Committee chairman Jim Jordan and Senator Marco Rubio, the House agreed today to a continuing resolution that will keep the government running for three more weeks and cut $6 billion. 54 Republicans and 85 Democrats voted "no."
As with the previous two-week continuing resolution that cut $4 billion, the cuts in this CR pro-rate the $61 billion in savings that Republicans want to achieve through the end of this fiscal year. Next stop for the three-week continuing resolution is the Senate, where it will probably pass.
Big fights remain over deeper short-term cuts and policy issues. Republicans are committed to defunding Obamacare and stopping taxpayer funding of abortion, while Democrats, who still happen to control one chamber of Congress and the White House, are unlikely to budge. Assuming Congress ultimately finds a way to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year and doesn't shut down, then it's on to the real budget fight, where trillions rather than billions of dollars are at stake.
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