Congress Passes Bill to Avert Shutdown in Bipartisan VoteUS News | The Epoch Times

Senate Republicans joined with Democrats on Sept. 30 to pass stopgap legislation to fund the government through December, averting a government shutdown set to begin in the early hours of Oct. 1. The House later aligned with the Senate, voting 254–175 to avert a government shutdown. However, the measure fails to address the debt ceiling, which Republicans have said they won’t vote to raise. On Sept. 27, Republicans showed solidarity against a bill that would have raised the debt ceiling, voting 50–49 to block debate on the bill. The legislation would have put forward billions in new spending for ongoing crises from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and the thousands of Afghan special immigrants hastily evacuated from the country. More pressingly, it would have extended the government funding deadline to Dec. 3. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) insisted that Republicans supported these elements of the bill, but wouldn’t vote for …

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