President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday evening just hours before the deadline expires, legislation that avoids a partial closure of the federal government and funds it until Dec. 3. Congress passed the bill Thursday.
Consecutive votes by the Senate and House of Representatives avoided one crisis, but uncertainties about another crisis persist as Democrats and Republicans tackle the issue of raising the government debt limit.
The House of Representatives approved the short-term funding measure with 254 votes in favor and 175 against, after the Senate approved it with a score of 65-35.
A majority of Republicans in both chambers voted against it.
Legislation was needed for the government to continue functioning after the current financial year ended at midnight on Thursday.
The approval gives lawmakers more time to draft the budget that will fund federal agencies and the programs they administer.
In parallel with efforts to keep the government open, Democrats continue efforts to secure enough support within their party to pass Mr. Biden’s key economic priorities, including a $ 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that risks being blocked in the House of Commons. Representatives.
Focusing on Mr. Biden’s economic program, Democrats withdrew from a political battle over the debt limit on the government-funded bill, deciding to separate the issue of government financing from that of the debt ceiling at the insistence of Republicans.
If this limit is not raised by October 18, the US will probably face a financial crisis and economic recession, said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen./VOA
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