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Senate avoids shutdown with approval of temporary spending bill: NPR


The Senate approved a short-term spending bill to extend government funding until early next year.

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The Senate approved a short-term spending bill to extend government funding until early next year.

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The Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve a stopgap spending bill before Friday’s deadline. The final vote was 87-11.

The House-passed bill now goes to President Biden for his signature.

The unusual legislation funds four federal agencies through January 19, 2024, and the others through February 2, 2024. The goal is to give Congress more time to negotiate long-term spending bills. If that doesn’t happen, a blanket 1 percent spending cut will hit all agencies in April. So far, the House has passed seven and the Senate has approved three.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., chose this approach to appease a group of House conservatives who hoped to use rolling deadlines to force spending concessions. But the same conservatives who proposed the plan voted against the bill in the House earlier this week because the stopgap failed to reduce spending.

House Republicans are sharply divided on spending, and their infighting is already threatening to derail Johnson’s promise to pass spending bills for next year. So far, Republicans have been unable to pass several of their own entirely partisan spending bills in recent weeks.

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