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US House approves spending bill to avoid official shutdown

US House approves spending bill to avoid official shutdown

US House approves spending bill to avoid official shutdown

US House approves spending bill to avoid official shutdown

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  • US House approves spending bill to avoid official shutdown.
  • The 336-95 vote marked a triumph for House Speaker Mike Johnson.
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  • The bill secured passage with 209 Democratic and 127 Republican votes.

The U.S. House of Representatives successfully passed a short-term spending bill aimed at preventing a government shutdown, garnering widespread support across party lines on Tuesday.

The legislation, set to extend government funding until mid-January, is now set for consideration in the Senate, where leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties have expressed their endorsement.

To avert a shutdown, both the Senate and the Republican-led House must enact legislation that President Joe Biden can sign into law before the current funding for federal agencies expires at midnight on Friday.

The 336-95 vote marked a triumph for House Speaker Mike Johnson, who navigated opposition from some fellow Republicans.

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This legislative move comes as the first significant vote during Johnson’s recent tenure, having assumed the position less than three weeks ago. Johnson can afford to lose no more than three Republican votes on legislation opposed by Democrats with a slim 221-213 majority.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed satisfaction with the strong bipartisan support and pledged to collaborate with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to swiftly advance the bill following the successful House vote.

The temporary spending bill proposes an extension of government funding at current levels into 2024, providing lawmakers with additional time to formulate detailed spending bills covering various sectors, from the military to scientific research.

However, some Republicans on the party’s conservative wing voiced frustration over the bill, citing the absence of substantial spending cuts and border-security measures they sought. The bill secured passage with 209 Democratic and 127 Republican votes, while 93 Republicans and two Democrats voted against it.

The legislation, championed by Johnson, outlines an extension of funding for key areas such as military construction, veterans benefits, transportation, housing, urban development, agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and energy and water programs until Jan. 19. Funding for all other federal operations, including defense, would expire on Feb. 2.

This fiscal development marks the third standoff in Congress this year, following an extended spring impasse over the U.S. debt exceeding $31 trillion.

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The ongoing partisan deadlock prompted Moody’s to downgrade its credit rating outlook on the U.S. to “negative” from “stable” last Friday, citing the impact of high-interest rates on rising borrowing costs.

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