US House Passes Short-term Funding Bill to Avert Federal Shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that would keep federal agencies funded until March and temporarily avert a shutdown later this month.

The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week and send it to President Joe Biden for signing. Without the bill passed, the government will exhaust its spending authority by Feb. 18 and severely disrupt federal funding.

The bill approved by the House, 272-162, will extend the deadline to Mar. 11.

Congress in the recent years have struggled to pass its annual budget laws on time and has relied on last-minute, short-term fixes. Legislators hope that the three-week extension will give more time to complete a spending plan for until the end of the fiscal year on Sep. 30.

“We are close to reaching a framework government funding agreement, but we will need additional time to complete the legislation in full,” House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro said in a statement on Monday.

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