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House Passes Short-term CR

BREAKING: Rampant speculation about a government shutdown can cease, at least for the time being. The House has overwhelming passed a two-week spending resolution to keep the government running and cut federal spending by $4 billion. The final vote was 335 to 91, with more Democrats voting for the bill (104) than against it (85). Six Republicans voted no.

As noted previously, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has said the Senate will take up, and subsequently pass, the House bill sometime in the next two days. The current continuing resolution is set to expire on March 4.

UPDATE: The six Republican dissenters were: Reps. Justin Amash (R., Mich.), Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), Louie Gohmert (R., Texas), Steve King (R., Iowa), Ron Paul (R., Texas), and Walter Jones (R., N.C.). Amash was the only freshman to vote no.

UPDATE II: Rep. Amash explains his vote:

I support the efforts of my GOP colleagues to move the budget process along so that we can work toward serious spending reductions. Unfortunately, this budget cuts spending at the rate of only $133 million/week or $6.95 billion/year. That’s four-tenths of one percent of our annual deficit.

Andrew Stiles — Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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