Nov 14, 2023 - Politics & Policy

House passes bill to punt government shutdown deadline to 2024

House Speaker Mike Johnson. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images.

The House on Tuesday voted on an overwhelming bipartisan basis to pass a measure keeping the government funded through early 2024.

Why it matters: The legislation gives Congress several more months to fully fund the government as the GOP-controlled House struggles to pass annual appropriations bills.

Driving the news: The House voted 336-95 to pass the bill, with 209 Democrats and 127 Republicans voting for the measure.

  • Just two Democrats — Reps. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) — voted against the bill, along with 95 Republicans.
  • The bill was brought under a process known as "suspension of the rules," which requires it to pass with a two-thirds majority.

Zoom in: The bill funds some less controversial agency budgets at 2023 levels until Jan. 18 and the rest until Feb. 2.

  • The aim of the two-tiered structure is to give Congress extra time to pass more difficult appropriations bills.

The backdrop: Conservatives largely opposed the bill due to its lack of spending cuts and conservative policy riders — which were, conversely, the selling point for Democrats to support it.

  • Despite removing former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for a similar move, members of the right-wing Freedom Caucus are expected to give Johnson a pass, Axios' Juliegrace Brufke reported.
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