Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown
It's only a weeklong 'fix'
The Senate passed, by a 71-19 vote, a weeklong stopgap funding bill on Thursday to avoid a partial government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, sending the House-passed bill to President Joe Biden to sign it into law.
Next up is a sweeping measure expected to tally around $1.7 trillion that will keep federal agencies operating through the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2023.
"This is about taking a very simple, exceedingly responsible step to ensure we finish the year without hiccups and with minimal drama," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer just before passage of the temporary funding bill, also known as a continuing resolution (CR). "A one-week CR will give us more time so we can keep working."
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