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Biden Signs Stop-Gap Bill, Staving Off Government Shutdown

Payam Javan: President Biden averted a government shutdown by signing a stop-gap spending bill on Nov. 16, just in the nick of time before the spending authority expired.

The bill extends government funding through Jan. 19, 2024, for some departments and agencies, and through Feb. 2, 2024, for others.

The signing took place during a dinner in San Francisco, coinciding with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized the House’s approach, highlighting the reliance on Democratic votes for passage.

Despite the bill’s passage, there remains political discord, with House Speaker Mike Johnson emphasizing the shift in government funding dynamics and the opportunity for future negotiations on key issues.

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