The Senate was hoping to approve government funding to avoid a shutdown


The Senate is expected to hold a final vote on Thursday to approve a short-term government funding extension that will avert a shutdown at the end of the week.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced plans to vote at 1:45 p.m. ETA to finally pass the government funding bill.

Government funding expires at midnight tonight on Friday, but this stopgap bill would extend funding until December 16, setting up a year-end funding scramble.

The House would then have to pass the measure after it passes the Senate to ask President Joe Biden for his signature.

Lawmakers have expressed confidence that there will be no shutdown, but opposition to funding deadlines has become common in Congress in recent years.

Partly because it’s easier for opposing parties to reach last-minute deals to avoid a shutdown under tight time pressure.

This time, neither party wants to blame the shutdown, especially so close to November’s midterm elections, when control of Congress is at stake and Democrats and Republicans have to make their case to voters. the majority Lawmakers who are up for re-election are also eager to finish their work on Capitol Hill to campaign back in their home countries.

In addition to money to keep government agencies going, the short-term funding measure introduced earlier this week provides about $12 trillion to Ukraine as it continues to fight Russian military aggression, and would require the Pentagon to report how US dollars have been spent. . Aid to Ukraine is a bipartisan priority.

The continuing resolution would also extend the FDA’s expiring user fee program by five years.

The Senate held a key vote to advance the government funding measure earlier this week after West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin withdrew his request to include a controversial authorization reform proposal that had drawn sharp criticism from Republicans and liberals.

The plan would speed up the permitting and environmental review process for energy projects, including a large pipeline that would run through Manchin’s state of West Virginia. Senate Democratic leaders were pushing to pass it along with government funding as part of a deal to secure support for the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act, which Manchin passed this summer.

But Republicans warned they would vote against an effort to tie the authorization to the reform funding extension, in part because they didn’t want to reward Manchin for his support for the Cut Inflation Act.

At the same time, some liberal members of the Democratic Senate expressed concern about the environmental impacts.