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Cochran: U.S. Senate passes resolution, avoids shutdown

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The Senate voted 66-32 to approve the continuing resolution (CR) to maintain government operations through Jan. 19, 2018.

“It is imperative that the Congress use the next few weeks to reach an agreement on spending levels in order to finalize FY2018 appropriations,” Cochran said.

He said that the continuing resolution is a necessity, but it is the bare minimum.

“Congress must act promptly to provide adequate full-year funding for the Defense Department and other agencies,” Cochran said.

The current CR expires at midnight Friday, Dec. 22.

“This legislation includes provisions with strong bipartisan support in the Senate and House.  It will extend important health care programs for veterans and children, strengthen U.S. missile defenses, and preserve the tools used by the intelligence community to keep our country safe.

In addition to the CR, legislation was also approved to provide emergency supplemental appropriations to support response and recovery from recent hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters.

“I will continue to work in the Senate to ensure that supplemental funding is provided to help communities recover,” Cochran said.

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