Joe Biden, the current President, has approved a temporary funding legislation that was agreed upon by both parties. This will ensure that the government remains functional and active until early 2024, with a deadline set for Friday night.
The bill was signed by the president during his attendance at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco. While there, he held meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders from Asian countries. The signing took place at the Legion of Honor Museum, where the president also hosted a dinner for APEC members, according to The Associated Press.
According to a U.S. official, the bill was transported to California for the president to sign.
Earlier this week, the House Republicans were unable to come to a consensus on long-term, individual appropriations bills and instead passed a short-term solution. The Senate voted 87-11 in favor of the bill, with only one Democratic senator, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, voting against it. The bill was also passed in the House with a vote of 336 to 95, with more Democratic support than Republican.
The House approved a temporary solution that is comparable to the previous one.Rep. Matt Gaetz
Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted by hardline Republicans for his support, but House Speaker Mike Johnson is not facing similar public backlash from the more conservative members of his party.
The decision allows Congress to have a break during the holiday season. This is usually a time when they are in disagreement over funding for the government before Christmas and Hanukkah. However, it could also set the stage for a funding dispute during an election year if Congress is unable to reach a compromise on long-term funding in December.
Caitlin Yilek was a contributor to this report.