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US Senate approves bill to avert government shutdown, sends it to Biden

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-majority US Senate on Thursday (Feb 29) approved a short-term stopgap spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown, after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives backed it with less than 36 hours before


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US Senate approves bill to avert government shutdown, sends it to Biden
US Senate approves bill to ave
WASHINGTON — The Democratic-majority US Senate on Thursday (Feb 29) approved a short-term stopgap spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown, after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives backed it with less than 36 hours before funding would have begun to run out.

The bill, which passed the Senate in a bipartisan 77-13 vote, will next go to President Joe Biden's desk for signing into law. It will set deadlines to fund one part of the government by March 8 and the other portion by March 22.

In a statement, Biden said the passage was good news for Americans because it avoids a damaging shutdown, but added, "this is a short-term fix, not a long-term solution."

Earlier on Thursday, in the House, 207 Democrats joined 113 Republicans in a 320-99 vote to approve the short-term stopgap measure, which buys Congress more time to agree on funding for the full fiscal year that began Oct 1.

About two months have passed since Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, agreed on a US$1.59 trillion (S$2.13 trillion) discretionary spending level for the fiscal year.

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