No Shutdown: Congress' Surprise Deal Is Approved

Senate gives final approval only hours before the midnight deadline
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2023 2:56 PM CDT
Updated Sep 30, 2023 8:16 PM CDT
House Passes Short-Term Bill, Leaving Shutdown Up to Senate
This image from House Television shows GOP Rep. Steve Womack presiding as the House passes a 45-day funding bill on Saturday.   (House Television via AP)
UPDATE Sep 30, 2023 8:16 PM CDT

There will be no government shutdown. The Senate late Saturday passed a 45-day continuing resolution that averts a shutdown which seemed all but certain as the weekend began, reports the Washington Post. Senators voted hours after the House approved the stopgap measure in a stunning political surprise. Final Senate approval of the spending bill came less than three hours before the midnight deadline. The government will now be funded until Nov. 17, per the AP.

Sep 30, 2023 2:56 PM CDT

The House approved a last-gasp plan from Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Saturday to keep the federal government running for another 45 days, leaving the Senate to decide whether there will be a shutdown. The bill, which cleared on a 335-91 vote, includes funding for disaster relief and other domestic priorities but not money to help Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion, the Washington Post reports. The Senate did not immediately schedule a vote. If no plan receives approval from both chambers by 12:01am Sunday, the shutdown will take effect.

More House Democrats than Republicans backed McCarthy's plan, despite the fact that money for Ukraine is a major issue for them. Democrats wanted to avoid being open to criticism for appearing to be more concerned with bankrolling Ukraine than keeping US agencies running and paying 2 million service members and another 1.5 million federal workers, per the New York Times. White House officials indicated administration support for the House measure, particularly because it didn't mandate the threatened major cuts to domestic programs, per the Post. Senate Democrats told the Times they expect a vote early in the evening. (Read more government shutdown stories.)

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