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Congress Averts Shutdown with a 45-day Stopgap Funding Bill

From the Government Executive website:

Saturday September 30, 2023: Congress on Saturday passed a stopgap funding bill that will keep agencies open for 45 days, averting at the 11th hour a shutdown that a day earlier seemed inevitable.

The breakthrough came Saturday morning after House Republican leadership agreed to put a continuing resolution on the floor for a vote despite opposition within its own party. The bill, which will keep agencies funded at their current levels through Nov. 17, passed with broad bipartisan support after Democrats threw their support behind the measure.

The CR then moved to the Senate, which easily approved it with bipartisan support. The upper chamber had planned to pass its own stopgap bill with the same date and spending levels, but its version was set to include $6 billion in aid for Ukraine. The final, House-backed bill scrapped that funding, but did include $16 billion for disaster relief. It would also temporarily reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, which was facing a midnight expiration.

[President signed the bill before midnight ET on Saturday, averting the shutdown.] Read more>>>

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