[Epoch Times December 04, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Li Xin comprehensive report) US President Biden signed a short-term spending bill passed by Congress on Friday (December 3) to avoid a government shutdown. This is the result of a temporary compromise between the two parties in Congress.
As a stopgap measure, this bill can allow the U.S. government to operate until February 18, avoiding the risk of partial closure of the government during the holiday season.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the short-term budget successively, paving the way for Biden to sign it into law. The vote in the House of Representatives was 221:212. Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was the only Republican to vote in favor of the House; however, 19 Republicans in the Senate supported the bill, making it 69:28. The vote passed.
In addition to allowing the federal government to operate at current spending levels for another 11 weeks, the bill also provides an additional $7 billion to four federal agencies to assist them in resettling Afghan refugees.
This is the second short-term expenditure bill passed by Congress to ensure the operation of the government. The bill passed in late September extended government funding to this Friday.
The White House issued a statement on signing the bill and thanked the leaders of Congress for their work.
Biden said earlier on Friday that the two-party cooperation is commendable, but “providing funding for the government is not a remarkable achievement, it is just the minimum work that needs to be done.”
“I’m very happy. In the end, a cool head prevailed.” Senator Chuck Schumer, the New York State Democrat and the leader of the Senate majority party, said. “The government will remain open. I thank the members of this House We pulled back from the edge of avoidable, unnecessary, and costly closing doors.”
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