The federal government will stay open for business after the end of this month. The House overwhelmingly approved the Senate's continuing resolution to pay bills through September.
Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer voted for it. He's also on board with Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, which just barely passed the House and was rejected in the Senate. Neugebauer says the real work of cutting the nation's debt has only begun.
"We're going to have to sharpen our pencils some more," Neugebauer said. "We've got to work really all across the budget - not just in one area. And one of the things this budget that I voted for does, is it makes some of these programs that our seniors are relying on sustainable in the future, like Medicare, Social Security. Those programs are on a pathway where they'll not be able to pay out the benefits to the people that are counting on them if we don't do something about it," he said.
As a bonus in the continuing resolution, it continues to fund all of the border patrol stations. Last summer the Border Patrol announced it was going to have to close nine interior stations, including those in Amarillo, Abilene, San Angelo and Lubbock.