House Clears CR, Chamber Adjourns

Posted September 30, 2010 at 1:24am

The House adjourned early Thursday after passing a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running through Dec. 3, freeing lawmakers to head home and campaign ahead of the high-stakes midterm elections.

The continuing resolution was passed 228-194, clearing it for President Barack Obama’s signature. The Senate passed it late Wednesday by a vote of 69-30.

The House is tentatively slated to reconvene Nov. 15 for a lame-duck session, roughly two weeks after the midterm elections. Republicans are expected to make significant gains, if not take control of the chamber.

The House passed a slew of measures earlier in the day, including a bill that would create a compensation fund for 9/11 victims and a measure aimed at targeting Chinese currency manipulation.

House Republicans attempted to force a series of procedural votes on issues outlined in their “A Pledge to America” governing agenda, but all of their efforts failed, largely on party lines.

Among the measures they proposed were a termination of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, a partial repeal of the health care overhaul and a freeze on nondiscretionary spending at fiscal 2008 levels.