Senate passes House bill allowing military chaplains to work

Lawmakers are at an impasse on how to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government, which has been shut down for more than a week. Under current law, military chaplains were prohibited from providing such services — even if on a voluntary bases — because of the shutdown.

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The House passed the measure same measure last week, but the Senate added an amendment from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) through a unanimous consent agreement, meaning the legislation will return to the House.

Republicans have passed more than a dozen “piecemeal” funding bills since the government shut down, but the Senate has considered very few because Senate Democrats want the House to pass a "clean" CR that funds the whole government.

Before adjourning for the evening, the Senate also passed S.1276, a bill to increase oversight of Office of Personnel Management funds.