U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan typically votes with the Republican leadership in the Senate. But in the wee hours before a two-week recess, Sullivan voted no on the federal spending bill.
A bill to fund the federal government emerged Wednesday night in Congress, and environmental groups are celebrating that it does not include policy riders to advance old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest.
Delay tactics forced a short-term partial government shutdown after midnight, but Congress and the president approved the two-year deal early Friday morning.
The federal government is slated to be funded until Sept. 30, 2016, in a deal that includes hundreds of billions of dollars of tax breaks.
Faced with uncertainty over Congress meeting its deadline to approve a bill, the House’s leadership decided to vote on both a long-term spending bill and a stop-gap continuing resolution.
Faced with a Thursday deadline to finance the U.S. government, leaders in Congress have worked out a bill that would fund the government until October 2015.