Senate passes short-term funding bill, averts government shutdown

The Senate passed a one-week continuing resolution to fund the government on Thursday night, averting a government shutdown.

The short-term funding bill would now fund the government until December 23, giving Congress additional time to complete a massive long-term spending package.

The bill passed 71-19, and now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature. uniform measure passed the house earlier this week.

The current continuing resolution to finance the government was due to expire on 16 December.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urged lawmakers to support, saying, “Negotiations are moving in the right direction, but we still have a lot of work to do and not enough time to do it.” stopgap measure.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, speaks at the beginning of a bill signing ceremony for the Honor of Marriage Act on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022.

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A package of about $1.7 trillion is being negotiated, which will finance the day-to-day operations of government agencies for the current fiscal year. 1. Federal spending on programs such as Social Security and Medicare is not part of the annual appropriations process, and is not included in the package.

House Republicans have overwhelmingly called for a longer extension early next year to give them a bigger role in setting spending levels for agencies. Democrats in the House were able to advance the bill earlier this week with little support from the GOP.

But Sen. Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, has made the case that passing a full-year spending bill is better than the alternative this Congress, because it ensures a sizable increase in spending for defense.

“If a truly bipartisan full-year bill without poison pills is ready for final Senate passage by the end of next week, I will endorse it for our armed forces,” McConnell said Wednesday. “Otherwise, we will pass a short-term continuing resolution in the new year.”

Some Senate Republicans disagreed with the efforts to pass the spending bill before House Republicans took office. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said he supported granting a short-term extension into the next year because it would mean “more Republican priorities” in the final package.

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, who heads the Senate Appropriations Committee, has said the two parties were about $25 billion apart in total spending. But lawmakers announced on Tuesday night that they had agreed a “framework” that would allow talks to be completed by next week.

The final bill is expected to include the Biden administration’s request for $37 billion in aid to Ukraine, as well as other bipartisan priorities, including an election measure designed to prevent another election. january 6 rebellion, The bill would make it more difficult for MPs to object to a particular state’s electoral votes and make it clear that the vice president’s constitutional role in the proceedings is entirely ministerial.

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