U.S. House vote on H.R. 2872, January 18th, 2024
Still from the United States House of Representatives floor video feed showing the vote on H.R. 2872

A par­tial fed­er­al gov­ern­ment shut­down has been once again been avert­ed thanks to the eleventh hour pas­sage of a bill in Con­gress to keep pub­lic agen­cies and the Unit­ed States mil­i­tary hum­ming for anoth­er few weeks.

H.R. 2872 today received affir­ma­tive bipar­ti­san votes in both cham­bers, set­ting the stage for Pres­i­dent Joe Biden to sign it into law tomor­row. The leg­is­la­tion push­es the threat of a shut­down out at least sev­er­al more weeks (to ear­ly March), just as bills passed in Sep­tem­ber and Novem­ber of last year did. And, as before, the leg­is­la­tion passed over the angry objec­tions of the House Repub­li­cans’ Fas­cist Fac­tion, who have been try­ing to force a gov­ern­ment shut­down for months.

In the Sen­ate, the vote to pass H.R. 2872 was 77–11. In the House, it was 314 to 108. Almost all oppo­si­tion came from Repub­li­cans. Two Democ­rats in the House, upset about the lack of action on aid for Ukraine, vot­ed nay.

Orig­i­nal­ly, H.R. 2872 was a bill “to amend the Per­ma­nent Elec­tron­ic Duck Stamp Act of 2013 to allow the Sec­re­tary of the Inte­ri­or to issue elec­tron­ic stamps under such Act, and for oth­er pur­pos­es.” It was repur­posed to serve as a vehi­cle for the con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion and has been rechris­tened the Fur­ther Addi­tion­al Con­tin­u­ing Appro­pri­a­tions and Oth­er Exten­sions Act, 2024 fol­low­ing the Sen­ate’s adop­tion of a sub­sti­tute pro­posed by our very own Sen­a­tor Pat­ty Murray.

Accord­ing to a press release from the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Appro­pri­a­tions (which Mur­ray chairs), the con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion extends fund­ing through the fol­low­ing dates for the fol­low­ing fed­er­al depart­ments and purposes:

  • March 1st, 2024 for four appro­pri­a­tions bills: Agri­cul­ture, Rur­al Devel­op­ment, Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion, and Relat­ed Agen­cies; Ener­gy and Water Devel­op­ment; Mil­i­tary Con­struc­tion, Vet­er­ans Affairs, and Relat­ed Agen­cies; and Trans­porta­tion, Hous­ing and Urban Devel­op­ment, and Relat­ed Agencies.
  • March 8th, 2024 for the remain­ing eight appro­pri­a­tions bills: Com­merce, Jus­tice, Sci­ence, and Relat­ed Agen­cies; Defense; Finan­cial Ser­vices and Gen­er­al Gov­ern­ment; Home­land Secu­ri­ty; Inte­ri­or, Envi­ron­ment, and Relat­ed Agen­cies; Labor, Health and Human Ser­vices, Edu­ca­tion, and Relat­ed Agen­cies; Leg­isla­tive Branch; and State, For­eign Oper­a­tions, and Relat­ed Programs.

A sec­tion-by-sec­tion of the con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion is avail­able at this link.

The full leg­isla­tive text is also avail­able.

The roll call in the Sen­ate was as follows:

Vot­ing yea to keep the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment open: Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tors Pat­ty Mur­ray and Maria Cantwell (WA), Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden (OR), Jon Tester (MT); Repub­li­can Sen­a­tors Lisa Murkows­ki and Dan Sul­li­van (AK), Steve Daines (MT)

Vot­ing nay to par­tial­ly shut down the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment: Repub­li­can Sen­a­tors Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (ID)

The roll call in the House was as follows:

Vot­ing yea to keep the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment open: Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Suzan Del­Bene, Rick Larsen, Marie Glue­senkamp Perez, Derek Kilmer, Prami­la Jaya­pal, Kim Schri­er, Adam Smith, and Mar­i­lyn Strick­land (WA), Suzanne Bonam­i­ci, Earl Blu­me­nauer, Val Hoyle, and Andrea Sali­nas (OR), Mary Pel­to­la (AK); Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dan New­house and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers (WA), Cliff Bentz and Lori Chavez-DeRe­mer (OR), Mike Simp­son (ID), Ryan Zinke (MT)

Vot­ing nay to par­tial­ly shut down the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment: Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Matt Rosendale (MT)

Not vot­ing: Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Russ Fulcher (ID)

“I have been work­ing non­stop with my col­leagues in both cham­bers to keep this process mov­ing as quick­ly as we pos­si­bly can so that we can write and pass the strongest pos­si­ble fund­ing bills,” Sen­a­tor Mur­ray said on the Sen­ate floor in remarks urg­ing a yes vote. “Pass­ing this mea­sure will allow us the time we need to ham­mer out those fund­ing bills for Fis­cal Year ‘24 — after many months of need­less delays. I think we all want this to be a dra­ma-free and reli­able process. So I hope that House Repub­li­cans will work with us to make that pos­si­ble now too — which means leav­ing extreme par­ti­san demands at the door.”

And enough of them did, allow­ing H.R. 2872 to clear the leg­isla­tive branch before law­mak­ers head­ed to the air­port to return home to their districts.

“Today, with yet anoth­er upcom­ing gov­ern­ment fund­ing dead­line, I vot­ed to pro­tect South­west Wash­ing­ton fam­i­lies and our econ­o­my from a destruc­tive gov­ern­ment shut­down,” said Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Marie Glue­senkamp Perez in a state­ment sent to the North­west Pro­gres­sive Institute.

“Nev­er­the­less, repeat­ed­ly fund­ing our gov­ern­ment with tem­po­rary stop­gap mea­sures shouldn’t become the new nor­mal. It’s why I intro­duced bipar­ti­san leg­is­la­tion to revamp our annu­al bud­get process and final­ly address our grow­ing deficit for the sake of Amer­i­can taxpayers.”

“It’s my hope that Con­gress will con­tin­ue work­ing to reach bipar­ti­san agree­ment on full-year fund­ing bills, as well as much-need­ed sup­port to secure our South­ern Bor­der and assis­tance for our allies Ukraine and Israel to defend their democ­ra­cies. I remain eager to work with my Repub­li­can and Demo­c­ra­t­ic col­leagues on fund­ing bills that pri­or­i­tize the needs of South­west Washington.”

If the past is any indi­ca­tion, though, we’ll see anoth­er stop­gap fund­ing bill in March that will push the threat of a par­tial shut­down out to May or June.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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