Banks and Yakym oppose resolution, but government shutdown averted

Editor’s note: News Now Warsaw contributed to this report.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress sent President Joe Biden a short-term spending bill on Thursday that would avert a looming partial government shutdown and fund federal agencies into March.

Reps. Jim Banks and Rudy Yakym, representing much of Northern Indiana, were among the Hoosier Republicans who opposed passage of a continuing resolution.

They were among five Indiana Republicans who opposed the move that was supported by House speaker Mike Johnson.

Two Indiana Republicans who have announced their retirement, Reps. Greg Pence and Larry Busch, voted in support of passage.

The House approved the measure by a vote of 314-108, with opposition coming mostly from the more conservative members of the Republican conference. Shortly before the vote, the House Freedom Caucus announced it “strongly opposes” the measure because it would facilitate more spending than they support.

Nevertheless, about half of Republicans joined with Democrats in passing the third stopgap funding measure in recent months. The action came a few hours after the Senate had voted overwhelmingly to pass the bill by a vote of 77-18.

The measure extends current spending levels and buys time for the two chambers to work out their differences over full-year spending bills for the fiscal year that began in October.