Biden Signs Funding Bill Just in Time, Prevents Government Shutdown

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Biden Signs Funding Bill Just in Time, Prevents Government Shutdown

Biden Signs Funding Bill Just in Time, Prevents Government Shutdown

Webdesk - President Joe Biden averted a federal government shutdown by signing a temporary funding bill late Saturday, following a rush by Congress to approve a bipartisan deal. The bill funds the government until November 17, temporarily preventing a shutdown that would have led to furloughs for federal workers, unpaid work for military personnel, and disruptions to essential programs and services.

Biden Signs Funding Bill Just in Time, Prevents Government Shutdown

The temporary funding bill dropped aid to Ukraine, a White House priority, due to opposition from a growing number of GOP lawmakers. However, it increased federal disaster assistance by $16 billion, meeting Biden’s full request. President Biden emphasized the importance of maintaining American support for Ukraine.

The chaotic events in Congress saw Speaker Kevin McCarthy abandon demands for steep spending cuts, instead relying on Democrats to pass the bill and prevent a shutdown. The package was approved in the House with bipartisan support, preventing an immediate crisis. However, Congress will face the need to fund the government again in the coming weeks, risking further uncertainty and potential shutdown disruptions.

The loss of aid for Ukraine was deeply disappointing for lawmakers from both parties committed to supporting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Senate bill initially included $6 billion for Ukraine, prompting a standstill as lawmakers reassessed their options and priorities.

The quick shift in the House came after the collapse of a previous Republican-only bill that proposed substantial spending cuts and strict border provisions, which was rejected by the White House and Democrats. The potential shutdown posed a threat to federal workers and essential services across the nation.

The political situation remains tense, with Speaker McCarthy facing challenges from within his own party due to the compromise and reliance on Democrats to pass the funding bill. The future funding discussions are expected to be contentious, especially regarding the ongoing support for Ukraine and other critical priorities.

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