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Continuing Resolution Passes

Continuing Resolution Passes - A continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through March 2011 is expected to pass this evening in both the Senate and the House.

Had Congress not acted, the current continuing resolution would have expired at midnight, forcing a government shutdown, a result elected officials did not want to happen. On this issue compromise of some form was inevitable.

Last week Republicans opposed a 1,924-page omnibus measure that would have provided $19 billion in additional funding over 2010 levels, in a move led by Tea Party supporter Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

DeMint invoked a formality rarely used in the Senate, demanding that the entire bill be read out by the Senate clerk.

Continuing Resolution Passes

DeMint’s protest was predicated on his opposition to the $8 billion in earmarks contained in the omnibus. He was supported by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and eight other Republicans who withdrew their support of the omnibus, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who was then forced to defer a vote and proceed with a resolution instead.

Thirty-one Republicans and eight Democrats voted early in the lame duck to avow themselves of earmarks, which involve setting aside dollars for projects designed to benefit elected leaders’ constituents. Over two dozen of them, including McConnell, were criticized for having earmarks in the omnibus.

The 36-page continuing resolution provides a nominal increase of $1.16 billion over 2010 spending levels, according to a summary produced by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Continuing Resolution Passes

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