WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday to advance a invoice that will avert a partial authorities shutdown this weekend and hold federal funds flowing by means of March 1-8.
The Democratic-led chamber voted 77-18 on closing passage after contemplating some amendments.
The invoice now heads to the Republican-controlled Home of Representatives, which hopes to cross it later Thursday and ship it to President Joe Biden’s desk earlier than funding expires at midnight Friday.
It is going to be raised about ‘suspension’, a course of that permits the invoice to be fast-tracked, however requires a two-thirds majority.
It’s the third aid invoice since September final 12 months, because the divided Congress struggles to agree on authorities funding payments for your entire 12 months.
A current settlement between Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on how a lot to spend within the new 12 months has renewed hopes for shifting the method inside the new deadlines of early March to finish. However that is removed from assured, as right-wing Republicans within the Home of Representatives are rising up in opposition to it.
The primary aid invoice led to the ouster of Kevin McCarthy, R-California, as speaker. His successor, Johnson, is attempting to keep away from the identical destiny by promoting the Conservative victories within the final deal.
Schumer protested “a vocal contingent of far-right rabble-rousers who assume a shutdown is someway factor.”
“Within the twisted logic of the far proper, the idea is that if sufficient individuals really feel the ache of a shutdown, the far proper can bully the remainder of Congress into enacting their deeply unpopular agenda,” Schumer mentioned on the Senate ground Thursday morning. “Bullying, intimidation, chaos. That is MAGA extremism in a nutshell.”
Across the similar time, the Home of Representatives introduced it will cancel votes on Friday in anticipation of a winter storm and would full votes on the aid invoice on Thursday.
The invoice would lengthen the federal government’s two-part funding deadlines from January 19 to March 1, and from February 2 to March 8. The funding invoice just isn’t associated to negotiations surrounding a supplemental immigration and nationwide safety invoice that would offer support to Ukraine and Israel. It’s meant to present the appropriators extra time to draft the twelve appropriations payments that absolutely fund the federal government, utilizing the newly agreed upon spending ranges.
“We nonetheless want some extra time on the calendar to allow that course of,” Johnson advised reporters, saying he’s “very hopeful” that Congress can cross all 12 measures.
“We’ll see how this develops. Actually, we won’t have an omnibus,” he mentioned, referring to the huge last-minute spending payments that Congress has typically relied on. “And that was a vital innovation for us shifting ahead, as a result of it is no solution to function a railroad.”