House Passes Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown

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Hours before a midnight deadline, the House voted Thursday afternoon (September 30) to pass a bill to avoid a government shutdown, at least for now.

Lawmakers in the House approved the Senate-passed stopgap funding bill, which extends government funding through December 3. The vote passed 254-175, getting some Republicans getting on board with the measure.

Congress was staring down a midnight deadline –– the end of the federal fiscal year –– to pass some measure to keep funding open for government services and programs.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the stopgap bill will not only keep the government open but also "provide funding to help process and resettle Afghan refugees and finally deliver on critical disaster aid for Americans battered by storms and wildfires this summer."

From here, the bill will head to President Joe Biden's desk for signature.

Lawmakers still have work to do on a highly-anticipated multi-trillion dollar infrastructure bill which has been the subject of heated negotiations for months.

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