U.S. House passes temporary funding bill, averting shut down of the government

The U.S. House of Representatives votes to fund the U.S. government until December 11, averting a midnight shutdown of non-essential government operations.

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 30, 2015) (HOUSE TV) – The U.S. House of Representatives, pressed against a midnight deadline, passed legislation that averts a shutdown of the federal government and funds its operation until December 11.

The House of Representatives, which for weeks was held up by conservatives’ demands to withdraw all federal funds for women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood, passed the measure by a vote of 277 to 151.

While it would maintain Planned Parenthood’s funding, the House also passed separate legislation defunding Planned Parenthood, a bow to conservative demands. But that measure is not expected to advance in the Senate.

Earlier in the day, by a vote of 78-20, the Senate approved the legislation that was needed to keep the government running at current levels with the start of the new fiscal year on Thursday.

House conservatives, cheered on by some Senate conservatives, had insisted that Planned Parenthood be punished for allegedly improperly selling fetal tissue harvested from abortions. The organization has denied the allegations.

The funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, or CR, aims to give congressional negotiators and U.S. President Barack Obama about 10 weeks to work out a longer-term budget deal that lasts at least through the new fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016.