WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

U.S. House Passes Spending Bill To Avert Shutdown

Play associated audio
The U.S. House has passed a spending bill to avert a shutdown until September.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/63921484@N02/5936397916/
The U.S. House has passed a spending bill to avert a shutdown until September.

The U.S. House approved a bill today to avert a government shutdown through September. The legislation gives some federal agencies more flexibility in dealing with sequestration, but that isn't good enough for Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly.

"It bakes in sequestration," he says. That's those billions of dollars in budget cuts that are threatening to harm the region's economy.

Connolly says Congress ought to have rearranged those automatic budget cuts and raised new revenue instead of rubber stamping the budget cuts that were never intended to go into effect. But Virginia Democrat Jim Moran supported the bill even though he opposed many parts of it. He says this Congress has a bad enough record already.

"Right now, the whole thing is dysfunctional enough without the possibility of another government shutdown."

Maryland Democrat John Sarbanes was the only other lawmaker in the region to oppose the bill keeping the government running for another six months.

NPR

Video: UCLA Gymnast Sophina DeJesus Whips, Nae Naes, And Slays

The viral video of DeJesus's routine doesn't show an athlete dominating in a traditionally white sport despite her race. She's an athlete celebrating her identity in the sport she loves.
NPR

The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
NPR

GOP Candidates Head To South Carolina After Trump Victory In New Hampshire

With the New Hampshire primary doing little to settle the GOP race, presidential candidates headed straight to South Carolina on Wednesday to start campaigning ahead of the state's primary in 10 days.
NPR

Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.