By: Diya Mathews
On November 15, 2023, the Senate collaborated to pass a short-term Stopgap Spending Bill with an 87-11 vote. As of Friday, November 17th, President Joe Biden signed the funding bill with bi-partisan support to avert a government shutdown.
The proposed plan consists of a two-step approach which sets up two new shutdown deadlines for next year of January 2024 and February 2024 for passing full-year appropriation bills for some federal agencies. Though the plan is not a full-year spending bill, it will extend funding until January 19 to set priorities on military construction, veterans’ affairs, transportation, housing, and the Energy Department, and until February 2 for several federal agencies, including immigration operations.
Additionally, the spending package will keep the funding levels at bay for two months while a longer-term package is being negotiated. The bill will not include the White House’s request for $106 billion in wartime aid for Israel and Ukraine, along with humanitarian funding for Palestinians. Lawmakers will set emphasis on this request after the Thanksgiving holiday through deliberation.
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