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Posted on: December 2nd, 2019
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House Passes Bill Avoiding Government Shutdown Through December 20

On November 19th, the House of Representatives passed a spending bill avoiding a government shutdown through December 20 of this year. The legislation, which was approved 231-192, includes $7.2 billion in funding to finance the 2020 Census, a 3.1% increase in pay for all military members, and an extension for expiring healthcare programs.

The spending bill is intended to provide adequate time for the negotiation and enactment of a long-term funding bill and represents the second such bill since October 1, the beginning of the fiscal year. Trump previously signed a temporary spending bill at the end of October, extending funding for federal programs until November 21st.

Though Congress was able to pass a budget in July establishing the current fiscal year’s pending levels, bipartisan agreement surrounding individual appropriation bills and government operation funding has yet to occur.

For more information, view the full article from CBS News.

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