Senate Reaches Deal to Avert Shutdown

Lawmakers in tornado-ravaged states told us they won't compromise over FEMA funding.

Joplin, Mo. (Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty)
Joplin, Mo. (Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty)

UPDATE 9/26/2011: Senate leaders announced on Monday evening that they have reached an agreement to keep the government running.

The resolution funds the federal government through Nov. 18, including $2.65 billion for FEMA that the agency can start using on Saturday. The new amount reduces $1 billion from the House’s proposed figure, instead of offsetting it with cuts to a Department on Energy lending program to support energy-efficient cars. Democrats agreed to the reduced amount in light of FEMA’s announcement earlier in the day that it could stretch its current funding to last through Friday.

Although the deal still needs approval in the House, the Senate is hoping the measure will avert a government shutdown.