Congress passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown

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The Senate voted 69-28 Thursday night to pass legislation to fund the government until February 18.

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why it matters: The move prevents a government shutdown, but lawmakers still have a busy month ahead: Congress needs to work out a deal to raise the debt limit in a few weeks and Democrats try to pass their social spending bill. are doing.

Running news: More than a dozen Republicans threatened to block the bill, but it was accepted after leadership allowed it to vote on an amendment to defy the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate.

  • Senators got their vote, but the amendment failed 48-50.
  • Some in the group expressed concern over the politics of forcing the government to shut down. “If you look back in the past, Republicans got most of the blame for shutting it down,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) told Nerdshala earlier Thursday.

What are they saying: “While I wish it was earlier, this agreement allows the appropriation process to proceed toward a final funding agreement that best meets the needs of the American people.” House Appropriations Speaker Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn) said in a statement Thursday.

  • “I am pleased that we have reached an agreement on continued resolution,” said Senate Appropriations Vice President Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). “Now we must get serious about meeting the FY22 bills.”

What will happen next: President Biden is likely to sign the bill before midnight on Friday, when government funding is expected to run out.

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