House approves $460 billion package of spending bills, Senate expected to pass it before Friday shutdown deadline

by | Mar 6, 2024

On Wednesday, the House approved a $460 billion package of spending bills aimed at sustaining funding for federal agencies throughout the remaining budget year. The Senate is anticipated to address the legislation before the midnight Friday shutdown deadline.

Lawmakers are in discussions regarding a second package consisting of six bills, encompassing defense funding, aiming to ensure complete funding for all federal agencies before the March 22 deadline. Ultimately, Congress is projected to set total discretionary spending at approximately $1.66 trillion for the entire year.

A substantial portion of House Republicans have rallied in opposition to the spending packages, prompting House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., to utilize an expedited process to bring the bill up for a vote. This process necessitates two-thirds of the House to vote in favor of the measure for it to pass.

The measure was passed by the House with a vote of 339-85.

Source: AP News

 

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