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Senate passes 6 funding bills, averting partial government shutdown

Author: Editors Desk Source: ABC GMA
March 8, 2024 at 20:13
The bills now head to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law.

A midnight partial government shutdown was averted by a vote in the Senate Friday night.

The Senate voted 75-22 to pass a package of six funding bills that will keep programs governed by them funded through the end of September.

PHOTO: The Capitol, March 8, 2024.
The Capitol, March 8, 2024.
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The bills now head to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law.

All amendments to the bill that the Senate considered failed.

The Senate vote came hours before the midnight deadline to avert a partial shutdown.

The House easily passed the package of six government funding bills Wednesday afternoon, with a vote of 339-85.

House and Senate bipartisan leaders unveiled the six compromise funding bills jointly on Sunday, after many months of behind-the-scenes debate over how much these bills should cost, what policy provisions they ought to include, and what cuts could be made.

The $467.5 billion appropriations package provides funding for the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Energy, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development as well as the Food and Drug Administration, military construction and other federal programs.

Congress now has two weeks until the next funding deadline for the other six remaining funding bills.

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