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H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown Heroes Act

Feb 9, 2018 at 1:31 a.m. ET. On the Motion to Concur in the Senate.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1892 (115th) in the Senate.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted.

The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act. On February 6, 2018, the House passed the bill and added to it Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018, and the Family First Prevention Services Act.

Honoring Hometown Heroes Act

The following is a summary of the original provisions of the bill, which were included in the enacted form of the bill, from the Republican Policy Committee:

H.R. 1892 authorizes the governors of a state or, territory, or possession of the United States and the Mayor of the District of Columbia to proclaim that the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder (public safety officer) working in such jurisdiction who dies while serving in the line of duty.

The rules for handling and displaying the U.S. Flag are defined by a law known as the U.S. Flag Code. The Flag code allows the President to order the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. H.R. 1892 would authorize governors to proclaim the flag should be flown at half-staff to honor local police, firefighters, and emergency responders.

Totals

All Votes R D I
Yea 72%
 
 
 
71
34
 
36
 
1
 
Nay 28%
 
 
 
28
16
 
11
 
1
 
Not Voting
 
 
 
1
1
 
0
 
0
 

Motion Agreed to. Simple Majority Required. Source: senate.gov.

The Yea votes represented 65% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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