US lawmakers approve short-term funding for gov’t

WASHINGTON, The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed, on a bipartisan 301 to 123 vote, a continuing resolution with limited anomalies to extend federal government funding through Nov. 21 and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.

“It is critical that we avoid another government shutdown, which would harm our economy and hardworking Americans,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey.

“Our continuing resolution will keep government open and provide families, businesses, and communities with much-needed budget certainty while we negotiate long-term funding for key priorities,” she added.

“Once the continuing resolution is enacted and the Senate advances their appropriations process, Democrats will negotiate responsible spending bills that uphold our values and give working families a better chance at a better life.” The legislation, which also includes a package of health extenders negotiated by the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees, now heads to the Senate.

The resolution will be sent to the Senate for approval before being endorsed by the President.

Source: Kuwait News Agency