GOP House Passed Spending Deal With More Democratic Votes Than Republican

Terence P. Jeffrey | September 29, 2016 | 1:19pm EDT
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker Paul Ryan (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

( - The continuing resolution spending deal that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed at 9:56 p.m. on Wednesday night, won more votes from Democratic members than from Republican members.

172 House Democrats and 170 Republicans voted for the spending deal, according to the roll call published by the Clerk of the House.

75 Republicans and 10 Democrats voted against it.

5 members did not vote.

The new spending bill does not prohibit the federal government from funding Planned Parenthood as it currently does through the Title X "family planning" program.

(Screen capture from an HHS website citing Title X funding of "Planned Parenthood centers.")

In the Senate, according to the offical roll call, more Republicans (40) voted for the spending deal than Democrats (31), but it would not have passed without support from members of both parties.

The federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, which is Friday. The current legislation funding the government expires that day. Congress needed to pass another spending bill in order to fund the government past Friday.

The continuing resolution Congress passed will only fund the government until Dec. 9, 2016. That means this Congress will return after the November election and vote again--in a lame-duck session--on legislation to fund the government for the period after Dec. 9.

Members of Congress who are retiring, or who are defeated in the November election, will return to Washington, D.C., to vote on that spending bill or bills. And that bill or bills must also be signed by President Barack Obama, who is finishing his second term and will leave office on Jan. 20, 2017.

The Senate approved the yesterday's continuing resolution by a vote of 72 to 26. The 72 votes in the Senate for the CR included 40 Republicans, 31 Democrats and 1 Independent. The 26 votes against the CR included 16 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Two senators, a Democrat (Sen. Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential nominee) and an Independent (Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont) did not vote.

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