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April 9, 2011

House Vote - H.R. 1363: Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act

H.R. 1363: Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.

Previous House Votes

S.Amdt. 291: In the nature of a substitute.

Senate Announcement and Passage

House Debate

On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment
Passed by 278 votes: 348-70, 14 not voting

'We have an agreement'
With under an hour and a half to go before a midnight deadline, House Speaker John Boehner announced that there is a deal to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year and that a short-term stopgap measure will be approved tonight to stave off a government shutdown.

Senate approves short-term bill to keep the government open
The Senate passed a short-term resolution late Friday night that would fund the federal government through April 15.

House, Senate pass one-week spending bill to buy time for deal
The House approved a one-week spending bill at about 12:39 a.m. Saturday morning to avoid a government shutdown. The bill cuts $2 billion from discretionary spending and gives Congress more time to finalize a fiscal 2011 spending deal that Republicans and Democrats agreed to late Friday evening.

Reid takes a victory lap
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took a victory lap on the floor late Friday night, following the announcement of a spending deal that averted a government shutdown with just minutes to spare. “This is historic, what we’ve done,” Reid said, accompanied by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “It has not been an easy process. Both sides have had to make tough choices. But tough choices is what this job’s all about.”

Evolution of the Deal: The White House Account
President Obama called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Friday evening at 11:22 p.m. and House Speaker John Boehner at 11:25 p.m. and “thanked them for their hard work.” Around 10:30 p.m., the president was informed that the deal was made by Chief of Staff Bill Daley. Daley was informed by Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors, who was on the Hill with Reid’s staff when the deal was officially made. Reid, D-Nev., called Vice President Joe Biden directly to inform him of the deal.

House rushes to pass 'bridge' bill ahead of longer-term measure
To move a week-long stop-gap bill to the House floor, Democratic leaders would need to grant "unanimous consent" to bypass going through the House Rules Committee. McCarthy said that it was "up to the Democrats, but we're hopeful."

Minutes to shutdown, Congress strikes budget deal
Just around midnight, House and Senate approved a six-day "bridge" bill that will keep the government operating while they draft bipartisan legislation to fund the government for the final six months of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

Pelosi, Hoyer vote for short-term spending deal
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) returned from her Boston trip late Friday in time to vote in favor of the one-week spending agreement. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also supported it. Only 28 Republicans voted against the bill, and 42 Democrats joined them.

Deal curbs D.C. abortions, includes other social issues
Democrats agreed to ban the District of Columbia from using federal and local taxpayer funds on abortions — a move already being cheered by abortion opponents as a noteworthy victory. The deal also includes a guarantee that the Senate will vote on bill that would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, according to a House Republican summary.

Budget Deal Nets DC Abortion Funding Ban, Planned Parenthood Vote
Republicans and Democrats agreed to a budget deal with less than two hours to spare before the federal government engaged in a partial shutdown. The deal restores language that prohibits federal taxpayer funding of abortions in the nation’s capital that President Barack Obama and Democrats removed in a previous budget when they controlled both chambers of Congress. Secondly, the deal requires Senate Democrats to allow a vote on a bill the House Republicans already approved to repeal the pro-abortion Obamacare bill that contains abortion funding and rationing concerns. The deal also requires a vote in the Senate on revoking funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Boehner Secures the Futures of D.C. Children
In a momentous victory for D.C. schoolchildren, Speaker John Boehner succeeded in reauthorizing the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program in the long-term continuing resolution to which the Obama administration agreed just before midnight.

Icing on the Cake...
...for the Speaker and for inner-city children in Washington, D.C.: The D.C. scholarship program John Boehner has fought for is in the deal. The bill the House passed last month to extend the program will be signed by the president, despite his opposition. John Boehner just walked Barack Obama into being a civil-rights leader.

Budget chief: 'Agencies are instructed to continue their normal operations'
So was the government technically shut down for a few minutes before the House passed the bill and the president signed it?

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