House passes $1.2T spending bill to avert shutdown, measure heads to Senate before midnight deadline

March 23, 2024

The GOP-led House on Friday morning passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown by midnight and the measure now heads to the Democrat-led Senate for consideration. The 1,012 page so-called "minibus" passed in the House with more votes from Democrats than Republicans. The final vote was 286-134 with 185 Democrats and 101 Republicans voting in favor of the measure. Reacting to the late release of the spending bill, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said the U.S. "cannot afford this continued reckless spending," given that the national debt is currently $34.5 trillion. She formally filed the resolution after the spending bill passed.