The House of Representatives relied greatly on Democrats to ensure passage in a 277-151 vote. A big majority of Republicans voted against the measure, which failed to satisfy with conservatives’ demands to cut off money to women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood.
A companion bill aimed at restoring the Planned Parenthood funds supply was also passed by the House, but the Senate isn’t likely to act on it, effectively killing it.
The spending expansion was signed by President Barack Obama into law the White House said in a statement.
The news was welcomed by Obama having a tinge of sarcasm in comments to several progressive state legislators in Washington.
“The good news is the fact that it appears that the Republicans will only hardly avoid shutting down the authorities for the 2nd time in a couple of years.
“The terrible news is the fact that it seems like Republicans will only hardly avoid shutting down the government again for the 2nd time in a couple of years,” he added.
Earlier in the day, by a vote of 78-20, the Senate approved the legislation which was needed to maintain the government running using the start of brand new fiscal year on Thursday at present levels.
House conservatives, cheered on by some Senate associates, had insisted that Planned Parenthood be penalized for allegedly selling fetal tissue picked from abortions. The claims have been denied by the corporation.
The discussion changed radically last week when House Speaker John Boehner declared his resignation and said he’d set the Senate’s “clean” funds bill into a vote.
The funds expansion intends to allow Obama and congressional negotiators to work out a longer-term budget deal and still automatic spending constraints on national and military spending.