The House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) on Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown and continue government operations until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013 (H.R. 933).
The legislation includes a full-year Defense Appropriations bill, as well as a full-year Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. These two individual bills passed the House last year on a broad bipartisan basis, and have been negotiated by both the House and Senate.
Except for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the CR will extend funding for other government agencies at last year's levels. However, the funding within the bill is subject to sequestration cuts. This means that the funding rate within the legislation is approximately $982 billion - the level required by the President's sequestration order.
"The legislation will avoid a government shutdown on March 27, prioritize DoD and veterans programs, and allow the Pentagon some leeway to do its best with the funding it has," Chairman Rogers said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) said that the Senate will move on its own government funding bill next week, which is being crafted by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (Md.). The Senate version will most likely include additional funding flexibility for domestic programs.