美国会参议院通过本财年下半年预算案

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2013-3-22 11:19

U.S. Senate votes to avert government shutdown

U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to approve a legislation to avoid a shutdown of the federal government before a two-week recess of lawmakers.

By a vote of 73-26, the upper chamber of Congress approved the stopgap government spending bill, also known as a continuing resolution in U.S. government budget language.

Without such legislation to be passed by two chambers of Congress, the U.S. federal government will run out of money on March 27. The bill keeps the 85 billion U.S. dollars spending cuts in the 2013 fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, the so-called " sequester."

The House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Congress, was expected to take up the measure quickly to avert a government shutdown. U.S. Congress is scheduled to start a two-week recess Friday.

The Senate passage of the short-term funding bill allowed it to shift its focus on passing the 2014 fiscal year spending budget of the federal government. The Republican-led House and Democratic- controlled Senate each proposed a budget earlier this month, which are unlikely to be passed by the other chamber due to divisions of the two budgets.

相关新闻:下半年的联邦政府预算临时拨款议案,以避免美国联邦政府在3月底出现关门危机。

美国会参议院当天以73票对26票的投票结果通过了这份政府预算临时拨款议案。该议案在众议院本月初通过的版本基础上做出了修改,因此需由众议院再次表决。众议院预计于21日投票。

和众议院先前通过的版本一样,参议院通过的这份议案保留了本月初启动的本财年联邦政府削减850亿美元开支的内容。根据美国民主、共和两党在1月初达成的所谓“财政悬崖“解决方案,850亿美元的政府开支削减计划在3月1日正式启动。

如果国会参众两院无法在3月27日前达成共识并通过临时拨款议案,美国联邦政府的运营资金将告罄并出现关门风险。近年来,美国两党围绕财政议题多次激烈交锋,联邦政府的正常预算流程受到严重影响,并多次出现政府面临关门风险,白宫提出的整个财年的预算案难以获批,美国联邦政府常年在为期数月或半年的临时拨款议案之下运行。(新华网)