The United States Senate voted Monday, March 18th, to move forward with a bipartisan funding bill.  If approved and signed, it will be effective until Sept. 30th of this year.

The legislation is over 550 pages. It sets the direction for the government as a result of the sequestration cuts which went into effect the first of this month. Assuming approval of this bill by the House, and the signature by President Obama, a government shutdown at the end of this month will not happen.

Some Republicans are not happy because they were not allowed to offer amendments.

Overall, the bill provides the Pentagon with more money for readiness. Republicans like that. Democrats are happy because money was also added for some domestic programs.

This is progress. Without reading the bill, it is hard to know the details and impacts. However, the Senate did act much earlier than the deadline of March 27th.  Hope the House agrees.