To keep the federal government fully operational, President Joe Biden signed a stopgap bill on Thursday, Sept. 30, hours before the midnight deadline.
The bill came to his desk after the Senate earlier in the day voted 65-35 to pass a temporary spending bill to fund the federal government’s operation until Dec. 3.
Later Thursday afternoon, the bill also passed the House in a 254-175 vote.
In addition to keeping the government funded through early December, the measure also includes $28.6 billion in extra disaster relief and $6.3 billion for Afghan refugee resettlement, as requested by the White House, according to The Hill.
“It meets critical and urgent needs of the nation, including disaster relief for both red and blue states hit hard by Hurricane Ida and other devastating natural disasters, and funding to help us resettle Afghan allies in the United States following the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan,” Biden said.
“This funding will also keep up our fight against COVID-19 and—on this International Recovery Day—it will continue our battle against the opioid crisis,” the president added.
“There’s so much more to do. But the passage of this bill reminds us that bipartisan work is possible and it gives us time to pass longer-term funding to keep our government running and delivering for the American people,” he said in a statement after signing the bill, which according to the Gateway Pundit was conducted behind closed doors.
Biden loves signing bills in front of reporters, but he opted to sign the funding bill privately this time.
Congress has occasionally failed to meet the deadline, resulting in partial government shutdowns, most recently from Dec. 22, 2018, to Jan. 25, 2019 – the longest in U.S. history.