Senate sends stopgap CR to Trump for signature

By Tony Bertuca  
September 26, 2019 at 1:25 PM

The Senate today voted 82-15 to pass a stopgap continuing resolution that would keep the federal government funded through Nov. 21. The measure, which passed the House last week, now goes to the White House for President Trump's signature.

If the CR is not signed by the time federal funding expires at midnight Sept. 30, the government will shut down.

The CR freezes the Pentagon's budget at previous-year levels and blocks spending on new programs and increases in weapon system production.

The Pentagon has said a short-term CR is expected to disrupt its work on the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon, the new-start Advanced Helicopter Training System and the B-52 Global Positioning System Interface Unit Replacement.

Though Congress reached a broad bipartisan budget agreement months ago, the CR is needed because the Senate appropriations process is stalled because of partisan disagreements over funding for Trump's southern border wall.