Inside NoVa: House of Representatives votes to prevent government shutdown

INSIDE NOVA

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve a temporary spending measure that prevents a government shutdown, which was potentially set to go into effect later this week.

The Associated Press reports the bipartisan vote at 336-95, with 93 Republicans voting no. The Senate is expected to approve the funding plan.

U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat of Virginia’s 7th District, quickly issued a statement after her vote to keep the government open.

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“A government shutdown would devastate so many of the Virginians I represent — like the federal workers who would be furloughed or work without pay, the government contractors who would not see a cent of backpay, and the small business owners who would not get back lost revenue,” Spanberger, who earlier this week announced she won’t seek reelection in 2024 to pursue the governor’s mansion in Richmond, said. “Virginians and Americans across our country are tired of Congress’s inability to fulfill our fundamental responsibilities.”

Spanberger added, ” … going forward, the U.S. House Republican majority must work in a bipartisan way to keep our government open, strengthen our economy, and put an end to this Groundhog Day cycle of kicking the can down the road.”

The just-approved package comes without any of the deep cuts conservatives have demanded all year, the Associated Press reported, and fails to include President Joe Biden’s request for nearly $106 billion for Ukraine, Israel, border security and other supplemental funds.

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