House passes stopgap spending measure in first step to avoid government shutdown

The House overwhelmingly passed its latest temporary spending measure to avoid a scheduled government shutdown over the weekend, extending the deadlines for all 12 must-pass appropriations bills into March. 

Lawmakers voted 320-99 on the continuing resolution, surpassing the two-thirds majority needed to change the spending deadlines in order to buy more time to finalize legislative text and pass the budget for the 2024 fiscal year. The new agreement preserves the two-pronged deadline system pushed by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and paves the way for Congress to pass its first batch of appropriations bills next week. 

Under the agreement, the deadline for six appropriations bills — Agriculture; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development; Energy and Water; Interior and Environment; and Commerce, Justice, and Science — would be moved to March 8. The remaining six, which are among the more controversial, would be extended to
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