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Senate OKs Short-Term Funding Bill, Likely Averting Gov’t Shutdown

Jeff Carlson  

Jeff Carlson  

The Senate on September 29 approved a short-term spending measure, sending it to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to be passed before lawmakers leave for a six-week hiatus.

By a vote of 72 of 25, senators passed legislation to fund the federal government at current levels through December 16, at which time congressional appropriators hope to have agreed to an omnibus bill setting aside funding for fiscal year 2023.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, told reporters following the funding vote that the next roll call vote will occur November 14, indicating the Senate would also take a six-week recess in order for members seeking reelection to campaign before Election Day on November 8.

The stopgap measure includes $12 billion in emergency economic and military aid for Ukraine, $1 billion in heating assistance for low-income families through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, $20 million for the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, billions in disaster aid, and over $112 million for federal court security.

As to the possibility of the House delaying or rejecting a short-term funding measure, Connecticut Democrat and House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro told reporters on September 28, “We’re not going to shut the government down.” Current funding is set to expire October 1.

 

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