In a 62-30 vote early Saturday morning, the Senate approved a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 27 at a level that is consistent with the $1.047 trillion cap included in the Budget Control Act.
Earlier this month the House approved the measure with a 329-91 vote. The administration has expressed support for the CR, and the President is expected to sign it before the fiscal year ends on Sunday.
If signed into law before the end of the fiscal year, the CR will avert a government shutdown and delay difficult decisions on spending until after the election. The resolution is necessary because Congress unfortunately failed to complete any of the 12 appropriations bills to fund the government in the next fiscal year.External links:Statement of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel InouyeStatement of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal RogersStatement of Administration Policy