September 30th, 2010
02:23 AM ET
4 years ago

Congress OKs stop-gap spending, ready to go home

Washington (CNN) - Congress on Thursday passed a measure to fund the federal government another two months, their last major legislative action before shutting down and returning to the campaign trail for the Nov. 2 elections.

The House voted 228-194 early Thursday morning and the Senate voted 69-30 on Wednesday to pass a stop-gap effort that effectively keeps the lights on at agencies and major federal programs until Dec. 3. The tab for the 64 days tops $219 billion, meaning the overall budget for the new fiscal year will be $219 billion lighter, a congressional aide explained.

The move marks Congress' second major accomplishment since returning from summer break in September. Congress also passed a bill giving tax breaks to small businesses. The Senate also confirmed two of three nominees to the Federal Reserve board of governors, a seven-member board which has been operating short by three members.

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  1. Steve in North Carolina

    Typical do nothing Congress. They vote to keep government employees safe in their jobs, but do absolutely nothing for the millions of unemployed Americans whose unemployment benefits run out by the end of November. How about returning the tax dollars to the people who paid them to begin with? Not going to happen with these characters.

    Vote out all of the corrupt incumbents this November! It doesn't matter what party they belong to. They are all a bunch of incompent buffoons.

    September 30, 2010 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  2. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    GOOD ! Go Home! Maybe you can cause less damage than the disgrace this Congress has been in the last two years.
    Take your lobbyist money and perks, your elitist mindset and serve your corporate masters and special interests from home.
    Hopefully with God's will none of you will be re-elected again.

    "You Are Fired!"

    September 30, 2010 08:11 am at 8:11 am |