The Senate passed a last-minute spending bill Saturday night averting a government shutdown that would have triggered a calamitous domino effect on the American public and economy.
The Senate voted to pass the continuing resolution 3 hours before a 12:01 a.m. shutdown of the federal government would have taken effect. The measure was signed into law by President Joe Biden late Saturday night.
The bill allows the government to stay open for 45 days, giving the House and Senate more time to finish their funding legislation.
The 71-page short-term bill, crafted by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., allocates disaster relief funds, but does not include new financial assistance for Ukraine’s ongoing war with Russia.
Since the inception of Russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine, the U.S. has unleashed a war chest worth more than $43 billion in security assistance for Kyiv.
Earlier on Saturday, the House voted 335 to 91 to pass the stopgap spending measure. The House will resume its work on Monday.