The House of Representatives has voted to send the short-term government funding bill to President Biden’s desk to avoid a government shutdown. The House voted 254-175 to fund the government through December 3rd. Thirty-four Republicans voted with all Democrats in support of the bill.
The Hill reports:
The House last week passed the same bill along party lines, but with a provision that suspended the debt limit until mid-December of next year.
The Senate failed to advance the original House-passed bill on Monday due to Republicans’ insistence that they will not vote to prevent a debt default, which Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said could happen after Oct. 18 if Congress doesn’t act in time.
Faced with the prospect of a government shutdown amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Democrats ultimately opted to detach the debt limit suspension from the government funding bill.
The Senate voted 65-35 earlier Thursday afternoon to send the stopgap government funding bill back to the House without any provision to address the debt limit.
“This bill is not a permanent solution. I look forward to soon beginning negotiations with my counterparts across the aisle and across the Capitol to complete full-year government funding bills that reverse decades of disinvestment,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.).
According to The Hill, the legislation also includes $28.6 billion to provide localities with assistance to recover from recent natural disasters, including recent hurricanes and wildfires, as well as $6.3 billion for Afghan refugee resettlement efforts.