By a vote of 296-121, the House on Friday passed legislation to complete funding of the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Eighty-six Republicans and 35 Democrats each voted against their party leaders on the measure.
The Senate is expected to take the measure up shortly, though it’s unclear when it will hit the floor for a vote, as Senate leaders continue contentious negotiations over separate legislation to renew a two percent payroll tax cut next year.
To avoid the risk of even a temporary government shutdown, the House also passed a brief stopgap measure called a continuing resolution, which, if needed, will buy the Senate time to complete all of its work, in the event that it lasts into or through the weekend.
Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.