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    Congress Approves Temporary Funding and Pushes the Fight over the Federal Budget into the New Year

    Congress Approves Temporary Funding and Pushes the Fight over the Federal Budget into the New Year

    — Ending the threat of a government shutdown until after the holidays, Congress gave final approval to a temporary government funding package that pushes a confrontation over the federal budget into the year.

    The Senate met into Wednesday night to pass the bill with an 87-11 tally and send it to President Joe Biden for his signature one day after it passed the House on an overwhelming bipartisan vote. It provides a funding patch into next year, when the House and Senate will be forced to confront — and somehow overcome — their considerable differences over what funding levels should be.

    In the meantime, the bill removes the threat of a government shutdown days before funding would have expired.

    “This year, there will be no government shutdown,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a news conference after the bill's passage.

    The spending package keeps government funding at current levels for roughly two more months while a long-term package is negotiated. It splits the deadlines for passing full-year appropriations bills into two dates: Jan. 19 for some federal agencies and Feb. 2 for others, creating two deadlines where there will be a risk of a partial government shutdown.

    “Everybody is really kind of ready to vote and fight another day,” Republican Whip John Thune, the No. 2 Republican, said earlier Wednesday.

    The two-step approach was not favored by many in the Senate, though all…

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