House avoids government shutdown until March despite outrage over Johnson stopgap bill

The House passed its latest temporary spending measure, narrowly avoiding a scheduled government shutdown and punting its budget deadlines for fiscal 2024 for a third time. 

Lawmakers voted 314-108 on the continuing resolution, extending the current spending deadlines set for Friday and Feb. 2 to March 1 and 8, respectively. The resolution now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. 

The new agreement gives lawmakers an additional six weeks to finalize their must-pass spending legislation and fund the government for the 2024 fiscal year. Senate and House leaders finalized an agreement earlier this month establishing a $1.66 trillion top-line number, which dictates how lawmakers can allocate money in the federal budget. 

The CR passed through the House despite conservative opposition after 207 Democrats voted to support the measure, helping to overcome the two-thirds majority threshold needed to pass the
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