U.S. Senate Approves Funding CR, Heads to President

In a bi-partisan Senate vote of 87-11, the U.S. Senate has approved a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through February. President Biden is expected to sign the CR.

This CR was approved by the House of Representatives in a bi-partisan vote of 336-95, with all but two of the no votes coming from Republicans.

The CR funds the departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments — through Jan. 19, and funds the Defense Department and remaining parts of the government through Feb. 2, allowing Republicans more time to negotiate on contentious issues such as Ukraine aid, abortion for military/government employees, and other partisan items.

Ironically, this CR is exactly the type of governance that Representative Gaetz ousted former-House Speaker McCarthy for attempting to pass. However, with widespread Republican support and Gaetz’ silver bullet fired on McCarthy, Speaker Johnson had much more negotiating room with Democrats.