U.S. House of Representatives on March 6 approved H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. The bill provides necessary funding to keep the doors of the government open until the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
The Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by the House extends funding for operations for all federal agencies, programs and services until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013. This funding is subject to sequestration, bringing the top-line overall rate of spending in the Bill down to the sequestration level of approximately $982 billion.
The CR contains a provision allowing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to maintain current staffing levels, albeit within the sequester limits.
The next step is for the Senate to take up H.R. 933, where it has already been criticized for not addressing domestic priorities.