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Washington, Oct 2: The US Senate has approved a 45-day stopgap funding bill passed by the House that would prevent the federal government from shutting down. The bill provides funding to the government until mid-November but does not include new aid for Ukraine. It received bipartisan support in the Senate, with 88 votes in favor and nine against.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy introduced the 45-day resolution after facing opposition from hardline Republicans who control the House. After the passage of this law, there was a day of uncertainty on Capitol Hill and the government reached the verge of shutdown.
President Joe Biden released a statement after the Senate vote, expressing relief that bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate voted to keep the government open. He stressed the importance of avoiding unnecessary crises and ensuring that critical services continue without any interruption.
Biden also stressed the need to maintain U.S. support for Ukraine and expressed confidence that Speaker McCarthy will fulfill his commitment to secure essential support for Ukraine during this critical time.
If there were a government shutdown, it would result in thousands of federal employees being furloughed and various government services being suspended. The approved funding bill would prevent this scenario and provide temporary funding for government operations.