Biden Signs Short-Term Funding Bill To Prevent Government Shutdown
On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed a short-term funding bill to prevent a government shutdown and extend the deadline through early December, the White House announced.
The short-term funding bill was first approved by House and Senate Thursday evening just hours before it was scheduled to expire.
“There’s so much more to do,” Biden said in a statement Thursday night. “But the passage of this bill reminds us that bipartisan work is possible and it gives us time to pass longer-term funding to keep our government running and delivering for the American people.”
Meanwhile, the House also delayed voting for a $1 trillion infrastructure bill Thursday night, as the negotiation with the centrists continues for a more sweeping social safety and climate bill.
The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Biden administration have been trying to convince centrists Sens. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) to vote for the $3.5 trillion mega-bill.
Biden’s Build Back Better bill, the $3.5 trillion plan that includes the core of the president’s agenda, would make massive investments in the social safety net and climate policy. Republicans want the debt limit added to the sweeping bill, which Democrats plan to pay for through raising taxes on corporations and the rich.