House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill
December 9, 2017

A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, the U.S. House of Representatives easily passed a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running through the end of April.

As this newsletter goes to print, the legislation's fate in the U.S. Senate remains uncertain. Senate leaders made an effort to add two provisions to the bill: a one-year respite for retired coal miners scheduled to lose their health benefits at year's end and a permanent extension of "Buy America" mandates for steel used in the construction of water projects.

The stopgap spending measure must be approved by the Senate by midnight, Dec. 8, to keep the government open.

The House voted 326 to 96 to approve the spending measure, which funds the government through April 28. House members will return to Washington after the first of the year.

Passage of the bill would buy several months for the new Congress and incoming administration to wrap up more than $1 trillion worth of unfinished agency budget bills.