WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan stop-gap funding bill on Saturday to avoid a government shutdown, providing an additional 45 days for Congress to finalize funding bills for fiscal year 2024. The Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 5860) passed by a vote of 335-91, funding the government through November 17, 2023.
The legislation provides $16 billion in supplemental funding for disaster relief, extends vital healthcare and welfare programs, and includes extensions for National Flood Insurance Protection and the Federal Aviation Administration.
"This short-term extension is necessary to keep vital government programs in operation, ensuring the American people are not lacking healthcare or the assistance they need, as a result of disagreements on Capitol Hill," said Congressman Rogers, Dean of the House. "I applaud Speaker McCarthy for bringing this clean bill to a vote, and renewing faith in House government. We have a lot to accomplish in the next 45 days, and this bill is a step in the right direction."
The Continuing Appropriations Act does not include any additional funding for Ukraine, a primary concern during negotiations.
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration before the looming deadline.