The Senate passed a nine-month fiscal 2012 spending bill Saturday, 67-32, eliminating the risk of government shutdowns until next fall.
President Obama signed the measure into law Saturday afternoon.
The vote came on a conference report of an omnibus spending package. Democrats this week held up a deal on the measure while negotiating over a payroll-tax holiday for workers and other year-end measures.
Congress on Friday passed a one-day continuing resolution to keep government funded past the expiration last night of a prior continuing resolution.
— by Dan Friedman – NationalJournal.com – December 17, 2011 – http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1211/121711senate-appropriations.htm.