Senate will vote on government funding bill

CAPITOL. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at a press conference on September 28, 2021. | Photo: Efe.

Senate Democrats and Republicans will pass a bill on Thursday to fund the government through early December, putting lawmakers one step away from avoiding a shutdown scheduled for shortly after midnight today.

The context: The vote comes weeks after discussions between the two parties. Democrats initially sought to pass the measure along with another proposal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, but Republicans blocked that effort.

  • The interim funding proposal includes existing spending by federal agencies through Dec. 3, at which point Congress must adopt another short-term solution.
  • In December, one option is to pass a dozen appropriation bills that fund federal agencies through fiscal year 2022.
  • The new measure also includes funds to help respond to two hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast and the East Coast, as well as money to help resettle Afghan refugees.

News in development.

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