Congress Passes Stopgap Bill, Preventing Shutdown For Now

March 1, 2024

Let’s finish the job of funding the government so we don’t have to do this again.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) right before lawmakers voted on legislation preventing a partial government shutdown for the time being.

Why It Matters: The measure, approved by both the House and the Senate, tentatively extends funding for half of the government for another week, with the rest extending to March 22. President Joe Biden is expected to sign it on Friday, thus preventing what could have been a partial government shutdown going into effect on Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

Looking Ahead: The debate circles around funding at several federal government agencies (including the departments of Transportation and Veterans Affairs). Funding conversations are not over, as congressional leaders must now agree on half of the 12 of the annual spending bills and sign it into law by March 8, or else another partial shutdown could be possible. The New York Times explains further, “even if they do, lawmakers will still have to agree on the other six spending measures, and then try to pass them individually over the next three weeks, or face yet another potential shutdown.”

Read More: Congress Clears Stopgap Bill to Head Off Shutdown, With Key Issues Unresolved (The New York Times)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas