The Senate passed two short term appropriations bills last night to give the House two options for funding the federal government. One bill would fund the government until November 18,2011. The other bill would fund the government until October 4, to allow the House enough time to return from the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah and consider the longer-term bill. The House is in recess this week but is expected to approve a bill by voice vote. If there are problems, then it is expected that the shorter term bill will be passed with the House returning next week to address the bill to fund the government until November 18. This process is expected to avert the threatened government shutdown.