On Thursday the House continued passing a series of limited continuing resolutions (CRs) to fund specific sections of the government. The House passed a resolution providing funding for veteran’s benefits by a vote of 259-157 and a bill to pay military reservists by a vote of 265-160. The House Rules Committee met yesterday to pass rules for 10 additional small CRs. The Senate has not acted on these “mini-CRs” – a few Republican Senators tried to seek unanimous consent for these bills yesterday but Democratic leadership attempted to amend each bill to replicate last week’s Senate-passed CR.
Normal business was briefly suspended when a car tried to breach road barriers outside the Capitol and Congress went from shutdown to lockdown.
Congress is expected to be in session this weekend, according to reports yesterday. It was also announced yesterday night that Secretary of State John Kerry will now be traveling to Indonesia and Brunei instead of President Obama.