PRESIDENT Joe Biden has signed a stopgap funding bill to avoid a government shutdown after it was passed by the House and Senate on Thursday.
The bill extends government funding through December 3. Previously, the funding was set to expire at midnight.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made the announcement on the Senate floor earlier in the day about the bill passing there, saying, “Some good news — today the Senate will pass a continuing resolution that will eliminate the possibility of a government shutdown tonight.”
The stopgap bill will keep the government running into early December as well as “provide funding to help process and resettle Afghan refugees and finally deliver on critical disaster aid for Americans battered by storms and wildfires this summer,” the majority leader said.
According to Reuters, a government shutdown includes “the shuttering of some national parks, fewer airport security screenings, an interruption to public health services during the COVID-19 pandemic and eventually an interruption in benefit checks to veterans and retirees and keeping national parks open.”
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