House Votes to Reopen Government, Provide Pay Raise

Government Executive | January 03, 2019

House Democrats on Thursday passed two spending bills that would reopen all of government, though Senate Republicans and the White House on the 13th day of the partial government shutdown voiced no interest in bringing the measures across the finish line. On the opening day of the 116th Congress, the House voted on a consolidated package of bipartisan bills that came out of the Republican-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee during the just expired 115th Congress to provide full fiscal 2019 funding for the departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, State, Interior, Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce and Justice, as well as a number of independent agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration. It also passed stopgap funding through Feb. 8 for the Homeland Security Department.

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The Treasury is New Zealand’s economics and finance ministry. We advise on the direction of New Zealand’s economic policy with the aim of achieving a strong and sustainable economy, and raising New Zealand living standards. This includes reporting on the expenditure of government (fiscal) revenue, and assisting to ensure spending is fit for purpose and can improve outcomes for New Zealanders.

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