On Thursday, Sept. 30, the Senate passed a short-term funding bill to help avoid a government shutdown that could affect hundreds of thousands of federal workers.
The chamber voted 65-35 to approve the stop-gap measure to keep the federal government open until Dec. 3, Newsmax reported.
The spending bill’s passage will help lawmakers buy more time to craft the spending measures that will fund federal agencies and the programs they administer.
The temporary measure will also provide nearly $29 billion emergency funding for disaster relief for those recovering from Hurricane Ida and other natural disasters and assist Afghan refugee relocation.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the vote on the government funding bill “a good outcome.”
“This is a good outcome, one I’m happy we are getting done,” Schumer said. “With so many things to take care of in Washington, the last thing the American people need is for the government to grind to a halt.”
The Senate passage comes after Democratic leaders separated the short-term government funding measure from the debt limit suspension after Republicans insisted.
“We’re able to fund the government today because the majority accepted reality. The same thing will need to happen on the debt limit next week,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.
The legislation still needs to be passed in the House and signed by President Joe Biden to avoid a government shutdown that would otherwise start on Friday.
According to Daily News, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she hoped her chamber would pass the stop-gap measure in a bipartisan fashion and send it to the White House.