Senators have given final passage to a measure (Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act – H.R. 1473) that funds government programs for the remainder of this fiscal year by a vote of 81-19. A unanimous consent agreement required 60 votes for passage.
Prior to that action, members voted on two “correcting resolutions” to the budget measure. A unanimous consent agreement required 60 votes for either to pass.
According to the House Rules Committee, passage of one or both of these resolutions would have led the House Clerk to add such language as a “correction” to the final budget legislation.
The first resolution, H.Con.Res. 35, would have defunded the health reform law. It was defeated by a vote of 47-53.
The second, H.Con.Res. 36, would have banned funds for Planned Parenthood. It was defeated by a vote of 42-58.
The House having already passed this budget bill, it now goes to President Obama for his signature.