Updated Sep 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden signs short-term government funding bill, averting shutdown

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walks through door holding papers

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday signed a short-term bill to fund the government through Dec. 3, just hours before a potential shutdown.

Why it matters: The bill passed in the Senate with bipartisan support, 65-35, after Democrats stripped language from it that would have suspended the debt ceiling. It passed in the House, 254-175.

  • Government funding was set to run out at midnight on Oct. 1 if Congress did not act.

The backdrop: Republicans filibustered government funding and debt limit legislation last week, saying Democrats would have to deal with the limit on their own.

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