The House today voted to approve continuing resolution legislation that will fund the Federal government – mostly at fiscal year 2022 spending levels – until December 16. The House approved the bill by a vote of 230-201, with ten Republicans voting for the measure.

The Senate approved the same legislation earlier this week, and President Biden is expected to sign the continuing resolution bill into law today.

The Federal government had been set to run out of funding at midnight on September 30 – which marks the end of its 2022 fiscal year.  Agreement on legislation to fund government operations through mid-December gives Congress more time to work on full-year FY 2023 appropriations.  The government’s 2023 fiscal year begins on October 1.

On the Federal government IT front, the CR legislation continues agency operations, but prevents them from moving ahead on new contracts they had planned for fiscal year 2023 until Congress approves agencies’ full-year budgets.

Following today’s approval of funding legislation, both the House and the Senate will adjourn. The Senate is not expected to return to regular session until after the mid-term elections on November 8. All 435 seats in the House, and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate, are up for election next month.

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John Curran is MeriTalk's Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.