Senators have given final passage to a measure (Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act – H.R. 1473) that funds government programs for the remainder of this fiscal year by a vote of 81-19. A unanimous consent agreement required 60 votes for passage.
Prior to that action, members voted on two “correcting resolutions” to the budget measure. A unanimous consent agreement required 60 votes for either to pass.
The first resolution, H.Con.Res. 35, would have defunded the health reform law. It was defeated by a vote of 47-53.
The second, H.Con.Res. 36, would have banned funds for Planned Parenthood. It was defeated by a vote of 42-58.
The House passed this bill by an earlier vote of 260 -167 on April 14, 2011. The budget bill now goes to the WH for President Obama's signature. The GPO copy of H.R. 1473 is here. The CBO estimate of the budget bill is here.
On a related note, Congress is on for a two week break. Expect CODELs in Iraq, the Philippines, Burma, Kuwait, Turkey, Dublin, Vienna, Prague .... with the budget pains and all, you think our reps might take the economy fare?