Senate Ratifies Continuing Appropriations Resolution Until April 8th

On Thursday, March 17th, 2011, the US Senate ratified House Joint Resolution 48, which continues to fund the operations of the Federal Government until April 8th, 2011. No amendments were offered, and the measure was passed by a vote of 87-13.

Democrat Senators Patty Murray (WA), Carl Levin (MI) and John Rockefeller (WV), and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) opposed the bill on grounds that it cut spending too much. Republicans Mike Crapo (ID), Jim DeMint (SC), John Ensign (NV), Orrin Hatch (UT), James Inhofe (OK), Mike Lee (UT), Rand Paul (KY), James Risch (ID), and Marco Rubio (FL) opposed the bill on grounds that it did not cut spending sufficiently.

The measure goes on to the President, who is expected to sign it in time to avert a government shutdown tomorrow.

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One Comment to “Senate Ratifies Continuing Appropriations Resolution Until April 8th”

  1. There you go again. So, will the Republican House continue to fund the Federal Government in a 2-3 week time period until the next election. According to Newt Gingrich (2012 Presidential Candidate?), Eric Cantor will be announcing a bold budget proposal in two weeks; we’ll see.

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