Congress Averts Shutdown With 2-Week Spending Bill

Law360, New York (March 2, 2011, 12:55 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Wednesday to continue funding government operations for two weeks, narrowly avoiding a partial shutdown on March 4 while setting the stage for more spending battles as a longer-term solution is sought.

Senators voted 91-9 to adopt H.J. Res. 44, which will extend federal spending authority past its current March 4 deadline until March 18. It also shaves $4 billion off of budget authority over the next two weeks.

Among the programs terminated by the continuing resolution are loan subsidies to...
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