Biden Signs Bill Extending Government Spending Hours Before Deadline
Summary from the AllSides News Team
President Joe Biden signed a short-term stopgap bill on Thursday to extend government spending through Dec. 3, hours ahead of a potential government shutdown. The measure passed in the Senate with bipartisan support, 65-35, after Democrats removed a proposal to raise the country’s debt ceiling. The bill will maintain federal agencies' spending, provide $28.6 billion to communities that are rebuilding from recent natural disasters, and allocate $6.3 billion to assist Afghan refugees establish new lives in the US. The House passed the bill with a 254-175 vote later Thursday ahead of the midnight deadline. Lawmakers will now shift their focus towards suspending the debt ceiling and subsequently avoiding a government shutdown before Oct. 18, a motion that was blocked by Senate Republicans on Monday.
Coverage was prominent across the political spectrum. Some left-rated outlets highlighted the Republicans who voted agaist it; some center- and right-rated outlets framed the Senate and Hosue votes as bipartisan. Left-rated voices remained critical of Senate Republicans who are "refusing to give the majority party any of the votes needed to move ahead on a bill to avert a first-ever federal default." Right-rated outlets were more likely to emphasize how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) "applauded the clean legislation," but doubled down on his claim that "Republicans will not assist Democrats in raising the debt ceiling." Updated at 10:08pm ET 9/30/21 with news of Biden's signature.
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From the LeftCongress approves government funding bill hours before midnight deadline to avert shutdown
Congress on Thursday approved a measure to fund the government into early December, staving off a shutdown that was set to occur after midnight.
The votes in the House and Senate followed weeks of hand wringing between the two parties, after Democrats initially sought to move the measure along with another proposal to raise the country’s debt ceiling. Senate Republicans blocked that effort, leaving the country’s ability to borrow unresolved just 18 days before the next major fiscal deadline.
The funding stopgap sustains federal agencies’ existing spending until December 3,...
From the CenterCongress Passes Bill Averting Government Shutdown
Congress passed a bill extending government funding through Dec. 3, sending the legislation to President Biden’s desk hours before current funding expires and completing one of several pressing measures before lawmakers.
Both the House and Senate provided bipartisan support for the bill, which also includes $28.6 billion in emergency disaster aid and $6.3 billion to help resettle Afghan evacuees. The bill passed 65-35 in the Senate, and 254 to 175 a few hours later in the House.
Mr. Biden must sign the bill before midnight to avoid a partial government shutdown....
From the RightCongress passes stopgap spending bill to avert government shutdown
The House passed a standalone continuing resolution aimed at averting a government shutdown on Thursday, with the bill expected to be sent to President Biden’s desk before current funding expires at midnight.
The vote was 254-175.
The Senate passed the measure 65-35 earlier in the day.
The stopgap bill includes language to keep the government funded through Dec. 3 in addition to disaster relief funding and funding to aid with the resettlement of Afghan refugees.
Its passage comes after Senate Republicans blocked a House-passed short-term spending bill that included language to raise...