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House passes temporary spending bill to avert gov't shutdown and it now heads to Biden's desk

The measure faces a less-certain future in the House because the most conservative wing of GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson's conference is opposed.

Published: January 18, 2024 1:47pm

Updated: January 18, 2024 5:20pm

The Democratic-led Senate on Thursday passed a temporary spending measure to avoid a partial government shutdown and the Republican-led House prompted passed the bill afterward.

The continuing resolution received votes from Democrats and Republicans in both chambers.

In the House, 207 Democrats and 107 Republicans voted in favor of the bill. The legislation passed 314-108. There were 18 Republicans who voted against the bill in the Senate. It passed 77-18.

The short-term spending bill averts a shutdown this weekend and keeps the government open until early March. The bill includes two appropriations deadlines of March 1 and 8.

The most conservative wing of GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson's conference was opposed to the bill. However, Johnson decided to put the bill on the floor for a vote where enough Democrats voted in favor of the bill to overcome opposition from GOP members.

“I have a job to do,” Johnson told CNN on Wednesday night when asked whether he was concerned about being ousted over passage of a continuing resolution with Democrat and Republican votes. 

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