US government shutdown turn away hours before time limit

Without a deal, the funding would have stopped at midnight Friday

The US Congress has passed a stopgap bill to fund federal agencies till 18 February, keeping away from a expensive government shutdown over the festive season.

In a 69-28 vote, the Senate support the plan officially agreed earlier by the House of Representatives. President Joe Biden is now anticipated to sign it into law.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said

“I am glad that, in the end, cooler heads prevailed,”

The bill was passed few hours previous to the funding would have stopped on Friday.

This would have left unpaid millions of workers in the public sector beyond Christmas and New Year, and museums and parks would have been shut.

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A group of Republican Senators had endangered to derail the funding bill in objection over Mr Biden’s push for the federally-mandated Covid vaccination for employees at huge companies.

Even so their move to attach a modification stopping the implementation of the vaccine inventiveness was frustrated
by Democrats.

The funding bill was officially agreed by the House of Representatives earlier on Thursday in a 221-212 vote.

It is the most recent example of the bitter political tug-of-war on every side of government funding that has followed in some shutdowns in present years.

In October, President Biden signed into law a temporary measure to keep the government running through 3 December.

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