Headline RoundupOctober 1st, 2023

Senate Passes Temporary Spending Measure, Averts Government Shutdown

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Late Saturday, Congress voted to pass a continuing resolution (CR) that authorizes funding of the U.S. government until November 17, avoiding a shutdown.

The Details: The bill, which was signed by President Biden, passed the Senate 88-9, and the House 335-91. It notably doesn’t include further assistance to Ukraine, but does include $16 billion for assisting victims of natural disasters, per the Biden administration’s request. The nine votes against came from all Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio.

For Context: The agreement concludes a chaotic week where House Speaker Kevin McCarthy struggled to find a compromise, partially due to a group of Republicans who threatened to oust him from his speakership. Avoiding a shutdown ensures no federal workers will be laid off, and that assistance programs will continue uninterrupted.

Key Quotes: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “Bipartisanship, which has been the trademark of the Senate, has prevailed.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “Nobody wants to help Ukraine more than I do. You’ve just got to do it in the way to get the most votes to make it sustainable. A lot of Republicans say, ‘I can’t vote for Ukraine unless I do something about the border,’ which makes sense to me.”

How The Media Covered It: Associated Press (Lean Left bias) framed coverage through McCarthy’s responsibility, saying he “relied on Democrats to pass the bill.” Fox News (Right bias) included quotes from McCarthy, but didn’t offer analysis of his actions.

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