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Congress Passes Sixth Continuing Resolution to Fund Government

Legislative Update
March 17, 2011

Today, Congress continues to try to finalize Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 funding, passing another short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), the sixth time that it has done so, which will fund the government for another 3 weeks until April 8. The bill now heads to the White House, where President Obama is expected to sign it.

The bill, H.J. Res 48, reduces funding to a number of government programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, although the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is not affected by the cuts, which total $6 billion. The measure passed the House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 271-158, with 54 Republicans and 101 Democrats voting against the bill. On Thursday, the Senate passed the measure 87-13, clearing it for signing by President Obama.