House Passes Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government for Six Months

The House passed the six-month spending bill Sept. 13 to keep the government running until March 2013. The bill passed on a 329-91 vote.

For the most part, the continuing resolution (CR) maintains funding at 2012 levels, with an increase of $8 billion in spending. In addition, the same riders from the prior funding bill from 2012 carried over, including a prohibition on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding for new Principles and Guidelines for water projects. No new riders were added to the CR.  

The Senate will take up the bill on Sept. 19. Both Houses plan to recess on Sept. 21 in order to focus on campaigning for the November election. President Obama has until Sept. 30 to sign the bill, when current funding runs out.