House Passes Continuing Resolution

On Friday, September 20, 2013, the House passed short-term legislation, H.J. Res 59 to keep the government operating until December 15, 2013.  The bill passed by a vote of 230-189, with only one Democrat voting for the measure and no Republicans opposing it.  This bill includes the controversial provision pushed by Republican leadership to defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Senate will consider the legislation early next week where it is expected to be amended by the Democratic majority to restore funding for the ACA.  Some Republican Senators have also been vocal in their opposition to the controversial language concerning ACA defunding.  Once amended and passed by the Senate, the bill will be sent back to the House for consideration.  If consensus is not reached between the House and Senate, the government will shut down when the fiscal year 2014 begins on October 1, 2013.

***Thanks to Julie Allen for drafting this post.***

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About Andrew Bowman

Andrew Bowman, legislative assistant at Drinker Biddle & Reath, specializes in legislative research and analysis for government relations clients across a variety of policy areas, including health care, education, and communications. He also has extensive experience with federal lobbying disclosure and campaign finance compliance. Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Andrew served as an aide to Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) for several years, and was active in the Senator’s 2008 Presidential campaign.

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