House Passes 6-Month Spending Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has voted to put the government on autopilot for six months as its last major act before leaving Washington next week to campaign for re-election.

The temporary spending bill would avert a government shutdown when the current budget year expires Sept. 30 but punts hundreds of decisions on the day-to-day operating budgets of Cabinet agencies to next year. The bill passed Thursday on a bipartisan 329-91 vote.

GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan returned to the Capitol to vote for the measure even though it permits spending at a pace well above the stringent budget plan he authored this spring.

The measure instead permits spending on pace with the slightly higher budget "caps" permitted under last summer's hard-fought budget and deficit-reduction deal between President Barack Obama and Republicans.

AP-WF-09-13-12 2229GMT

WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 169697876 -
Gray Television, Inc.