Congress Averts Government Shutdown

November 16, 2023

This Friday night there will be no government shutdown.

United States Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The Senate passed legislation for government funding in a 87-11 vote on Wednesday, thus averting a government shutdown.

Why It Matters: Following the House’s approval on Tuesday, the Senate approved a two-tier spending bill for funding some federal agencies and departments that lasts through early 2024. President Joe Biden is expected to sign off on the temporary funding bill before the deadline arrives on Friday at midnight. Had lawmakers not approved government funding legislation by then, about 4 million federal workers would have experienced disruption in their pay.

*Update: President Biden signed the temporary spending bill into law on Thursday.*

Read More:

US Senate passes stopgap funding bill to avert government shutdown (Reuters)

Senate Sends Biden Stopgap Funding Bill, Averting a Government Shutdown (The New York Times)

Press Release: Bill Signed: H.R. 6363 (The White House)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas