Congress averts shutdown with hours to spare, sending funding invoice to Biden’s desk

WASHINGTON — The Home handed laws to maintain the federal government working till Dec. 16, a ultimate act of enterprise earlier than each chambers of Congress recess for six weeks till the midterm election.

The vote was 230-201.

The invoice, which handed the Senate by a vote of 72-25 on Thursday, now goes to President Joe Biden, who is predicted to signal it earlier than the midnight deadline to avert a shutdown.

The stopgap measure offers congressional leaders extra time to barter a full-year funding deal, together with a number of different priorities they intend to deal with within the lame duck session. That features a protection authorization invoice and a bundle of modifications to election legal guidelines designed to stop one other Jan. 6-style try to overturn a presidential election.

The invoice consists of $12 billion in help to Ukraine, cash for Afghan refugees, enhanced safety for U.S. courts and a five-year reauthorization of person charges for the Meals and Drug Administration.

Home Republican leaders pressured their members to vote towards the laws, indicating a cut up between Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, who supported the measure. It’s a signal that must-pass funding measures might get contentious if Republicans seize the Home this fall.

The Senate’s prime two appropriators — Committee Chair Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. — are retiring on the finish of the yr and need to exit with a bigger funding deal, fairly than punt the difficulty into the brand new yr.

Regardless that Congress efficiently stored the federal government open, the session ended on a bitter be aware for some Home Democrats.

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., excoriated her celebration’s leaders for failing to name a vote on her TRUST in Congress Act, which might ban members of Congress from buying and selling inventory whereas in workplace. The invoice is aimed toward boosting transparency and battling potential insider buying and selling by requiring members, in addition to their spouses and dependent kids, to place sure belongings in a blind belief.

“This second marks a failure of Home management — and it’s one more instance of why I imagine that the Democratic Occasion wants new leaders within the halls of Capitol Hill, as I’ve lengthy made identified,” stated Spanberger, who faces a troublesome re-election bid in November. “Slightly than deliver Members of Congress collectively who’re enthusiastic about this problem, management selected to disregard these voices, push them apart, and search for new methods they might string the media and the general public alongside — and evade public criticism.”

Kyle Stewart contributed.

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