Congress moving to keep the lights on
December 2nd, 2010
10:59 AM ET
9 years ago

Congress moving to keep the lights on

NEW YORK (CNN) - Lawmakers are one step closer to approving a temporary measure that will keep the federal government operating.

On Wednesday, the House approved the measure to give the government another 15-day extension of the continuing resolution under which it is currently operating by a vote of 239 to 178.

The bill must now be approved by the Senate, and quick. The current continuing resolution is set to expire Friday.

The extension passed by the House is the latest in a series of so-called continuing resolutions approved by lawmakers after Congress failed to pass a new budget at the start of the fiscal year.

Without a formal budget, Congress typically ends up passing continuing resolutions for a month or two at a time. That essentially prevents Washington from shutting down, while lawmakers work on finalizing the new budget.

The fallout of not passing a continuing resolution would be no small matter, and would likely lead to furloughs of federal employees and sharply reduced governmental activities, which could have an impact on the larger economy.

The measure should pass the Senate without too much trouble, and an aide for Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid told CNN they hope to vote on the resolution Thursday.

In a letter sent to Reid earlier this week, Senate Republicans said funding the government is one of their top priorities.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. kmp

    Great get it done as of right now we are facing with a monday deadline.

    Now will the Republicans vote or not?????

    December 2, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    These clowns cannot even agree to keep themselves in business. How pathetic.

    December 2, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Wouldn't it be easier if we did not still have congress in the control of the democratic liberals and they could deal with real problems of hard working, taxpaying Americans rather than spend their time time trying to please every left wing political wing nut group that steals elections for the democrat liberals. Just sayin' Dream Act, DADT, etc. do not create jobs, they create votes and confusion, not jobs for Americans. Kind of like health care reform, kills jobs, raises taxes, wasted a year and half during a recession to pass and its big supporters (the corrupt unions) are exempt. Or like the stimulus and bailout, turns out GE got quite a bit of money from them, no wonder Olberman and Matthews are all on the Obozo bandwagon so much. (Of course, there was no disclosure, that is not the democrat liberal way). Just more politics and corruption as usual until these clowns move on.

    December 2, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. john, PA

    "furloughs of federal employees and sharply reduced governmental activities" is what the Amereican people want, this would have NO impact on the larger economy.

    December 2, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    DO NOT extend tax cuts for the rich!

    December 2, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    The lights might still be on in Congress, but come Jan 2011, no one will be home save the empty suits. The Party of NO will be in charge and from what we have seen so far, they still haven't gotten that whole governance expectation thingy yet. Will be interesting to see which of them vote HELL NO on their own legislation .... if there is any legislation, that is. The old thumbs up your butt routine is getting old.

    December 2, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans don't want to extend unemployment benefits unless it's paid for. Guess what people, Republicans say funding of the government is top priority, don't be fooled people, it's not paid for either, just like GWB's wasn't paid for when President Obama took office.

    December 2, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Just sayin' Dream Act, DADT, etc. do not create jobs, they create votes and confusion, not jobs for Americans."
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    Why, then, are the GOPers themselves spending so much precious time fighting these proposals? Distractions are great for those easily manipulated, and it seems GOPers as a whole are more easily distracted than most, yourself included. GOPers have no real plans to create jobs, stimulate the economy, or govern ... thus they spend a great deal of time debating social issues. Just saying.

    December 2, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Me

    There is no hope

    December 2, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. concerned liberal

    The Party of NO meets the Party of broken promises.
    Gridlock.

    December 2, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    The extension passed by the House is the latest in a series of so-called continuing resolutions approved by lawmakers after Congress failed to pass a new budget at the start of the fiscal year.
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    And WHY wasn't one passed??? Because the incompetent leftist DemocRATS running the Congress refused to pass one. They didn't want the American people to know exactly how much money they were spending and on what. They didn't want it clearly detailed the fools were spendng like drunken sailors. These are the irresponsible INCOMPETENTS that have been running Congress for FOUR YEARS!!!

    ALL the leftist DemocRATS need to be thrown out in 2012. The destruction of this country must be stopped.

    December 2, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Live with it Dutch – ALL of the tax cuts are going to be extended.

    December 2, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. betterdays

    Can gets kicked down the road...

    Now we can devote ourselves to taking money from wealthy people so we can make the so-called poor people (ever been to Ethiopia?) feel better about things.

    Then we can go back to figuring out new ways to waste the money we've taken from the wealthy.

    December 2, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. rs

    The last government shut-down worked soooooo well for Republicans- Here's hoping they do it again!

    December 2, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    ""furloughs of federal employees and sharply reduced governmental activities" is what the Amereican people want, this would have NO impact on the larger economy."

    First, this is what the GOP claimed in 1995. Didn't turn out to be all that true then...and won't turn out to be all that true now.

    Second, thousands...and I mean hundreds of thousands...of federal employees losing their jobs with no pay (that's what furlough means) would put a BIG dent in demand and consumer spending, add to the foreclosure problem, kill their retirement savings and cause a whole bunch of other problems for the economy. Whoever told you it wouldn't was blowing smoke up your...

    December 2, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "ALL of the tax cuts are going to be extended."

    Funny how that's not what the majority of Americans want and yet that's what the GOP is negotiating in bad faith to obtain, eh?

    December 2, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Second, thousands...and I mean hundreds of thousands...of federal employees losing their jobs with no pay (that's what furlough means) would put a BIG dent in demand and consumer spending, add to the foreclosure problem, kill their retirement savings and cause a whole bunch of other problems for the economy. Whoever told you it wouldn't was blowing smoke up your...
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    Not if they are capable enough to find jobs in the private sector. Their government jobs are OVERHEAD on all private job holders. The overhead costs of the federal government and its millions of workers is crushing those that pay ever increasing taxes.

    December 2, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |