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Biden signs 45-day funding bill to keep government open

The Peace Monument in front of the US Capitol dome in Washington, DC on September 29, 2023.
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WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a last-minute spending bill Saturday night averting a government shutdown that would have triggered a calamitous domino effect on the American public and economy.

The Senate voted to pass the continuing resolution 3 hours before a 12:01 a.m. shutdown of the federal government would have taken effect. The measure was signed into law by President Joe Biden late Saturday night.

The bill allows the government to stay open for 45 days, giving the House and Senate more time to finish their funding legislation.

The 71-page short-term bill, crafted by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., allocates disaster relief funds, but does not include new financial assistance for Ukraine's ongoing war with Russia.

Since the inception of Russia's full-scale war in Ukraine, the U.S. has unleashed a war chest worth more than $43 billion in security assistance for Kyiv.

Earlier on Saturday, the House voted 335 to 91 to pass the stopgap spending measure. The House will resume its work on Monday.

Biden signs spending bill into law

The White House is seen at dusk on September 30, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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President Joe Biden signed the spending bill — officially called HR 5860 — into law late Saturday night, preventing a government shutdown. 

"I just signed a law to keep the government open for 47 days," the @POTUS account posted on Instagram.

"There's plenty of time to pass Government funding bills for the next fiscal year, and I strongly urge Congress to get to work right away. The American people expect their government to work. Let's make sure it does."

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Biden says 'manufactured crisis' over shutdown never should have happened

U.S. President Joe Biden smiles as he responds to a reporter's question about whether he will visit striking auto workers on the UAW picket line, as he walks back to the Oval Office after an event announcing the creation of a new White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S. September 22, 2023. 
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President Joe Biden took shots at "extreme House Republicans" as he applauded the bill's passage.

"This is good news for the American people. But I want to be clear: we should never have been in this position in the first place," Biden said in a statement after the bill passed out of the Senate.

"Just a few months ago, Speaker McCarthy and I reached a budget agreement to avoid precisely this type of manufactured crisis. For weeks, extreme House Republicans tried to walk away from that deal by demanding drastic cuts that would have been devastating for millions of Americans."

"They failed," Biden said.

The president added that he expects the Republican House speaker will help secure more U.S. aid to Ukraine, which was left out of the stopgap bill.

"We cannot under any circumstances allow American support for Ukraine to be interrupted," Biden said.

Kevin Breuninger

Schumer: 'MAGA Republicans won nothing'

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) leaves after speaking to the news media as the deadline to avert a government shutdown approaches on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 27, 2023.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., cheered the passage of a short-term funding bill that avoided not only a government shutdown but also a slew of deep spending cuts sought by some GOP lawmakers.

"We avoided all of the extreme, nasty, and harmful cuts MAGA Republicans wanted," Schumer said after the bill passed in the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

"No 30% cuts to things like health care. No cuts to the Social Security Administration. No cuts to nutrition programs for kids. Full reauthorization for the [Federal Aviation Administration] until December 31st," Schumer said.

"After trying to take our government hostage, MAGA Republicans won nothing," he said.

"Today, MAGA extremists have failed, bipartisanship has prevailed, and both parties have come together to avert a shutdown."

Kevin Breuninger

Senate overwhelmingly votes to keep government funded for next 45 days

This image from U.S. Senate video shows the vote total, 88-9, on a temporary funding bill in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.
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The 45-day continuing resolution passed in the Senate at 9:03 p.m. ET, less than three hours before the federal government would have shut down.

The stopgap bill passed in a 88-9 vote, with all Democrats voting in support.

The nine Republican senators to vote against the bill were:

  • Mike Braun of Indiana
  • Rand Paul of Kentucky
  • Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee
  • Roger Marshall of Kansas
  • Eric Schmitt of Missouri
  • Ted Cruz of Texas
  • J.D. Vance of Ohio
  • Mike Lee of Utah
  • Bill Hagerty of Tennessee

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House Democratic leaders say they expect McCarthy will advance Ukraine aid bill

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks with reporters after a House Republican conference meeting following a series of failed votes on spending packages at the U.S. Capitol ahead of a looming government shutdown in Washington, U.S. September 29, 2023.
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House Democratic leaders vowed to pursue more aid for Ukraine as they celebrated the passage of the short-term funding bill.

"On the House Floor, we passed a spending bill that meets the needs of hardworking American taxpayers and provides billions for disaster assistance at the level requested by President Biden," four top House Democrats said in a joint statement Saturday night.

The statement cam