U.S. Congress Passes Bill to Prevent Government Shutdown

The United States Congress passed a stopgap funding bill hours before the midnight deadline on Sept. 30 to prevent a government shutdown.

The House voted 254 to 175 to approve H.R. 5305 that will extend government funding through Dec. 3.

“We are very, very proud of this legislation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at the bill enrollment ceremony.

“It’s just a remarkable thing to think of all the things that we can do working together for the people,” Pelosi further said.

Earlier in the day, the Senate passed the bill in a bipartisan vote of 65 to 35.

“Today, the Senate will pass legislation to prevent a needless shutdown, provide long-sought emergency funding to help Americans still reeling from natural disasters, and provide funding to help re-settle Afghan refugees,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Twitter ahead of the vote.

The bill now heads to President Joe Biden to be signed into law, which he is expected to do.

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