House approves short-term CR

The House on Tuesday approved a short-term spending bill funding the government through Saturday, the first step toward passing a massive $1 trillion spending bill for the rest of 2014.

Members approved the bill by voice vote after a quick debate in which representatives of both parties said the bill is needed to keep the government open while Congress manages the much larger spending bill.

Without the short-term bill, funding for the government would run out after Wednesday, and the Senate is expected to need a few days to digest the larger bill.

Most Republicans and Democrats were fine considering the bill under a suspension of House rules, which allowed for a faster debate but required a two-thirds majority for passage. Last week, Democratic leaders indicated they supported passage of the bill under suspension.

"This is a very, very short-term continuing resolution to keep the government open and operating until January 18th," said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal RogersHarold (Hal) Dallas RogersHouse retirement sets off scramble for coveted chairmanship The Hill's 12:30 Report Live coverage: Federal government on brink of shutdown MORE (R-Ky.).

"This clean, three-day CR will guarantee no lapse in funding while the legislative gears turn," added ranking member Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.). "It contains no policy provisions or other extraneous material. I support its quick passage."

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