US President Joe Biden narrowly avoided a government shutdown, by signing new legislation just hours before the deadline.
Opposition party Republicans initially blocked the bill to fund the Government citing issues with the plan to raise the debt ceiling. But it was eventually passed by the house (254-175) and the Senate (65-35). The president quickly signed the bill behind closed doors before the funding ran out at midnight, the White House said.
“There’s so much more to do, but the passage of this bill reminds us that bipartisan work is possible and it gives us time to pass longer-term funding to keep our government running and delivering for the American people,” he said.
The house speaker Nancy Pelosi called it a “productive and a crucial day” while the discussions continued. She also confirmed that the house will vote on the multi-trillion dollar companion bill that would provide funding for social services.