On Thursday, the United States Senate voted to approve a short-term funding plan for the government. This came after more than two dozen Republicans voted against their party in order to prevent a shutdown.
A financial proposal that is intended to keep the government operational until December 16 was approved by the Senate by a vote of 72-25. Chuck Schumer, the leader of the majority party in the Senate, stated that the more than two-month extension would provide members of Congress from both parties with one final opportunity to negotiate an agreement on a budget that would cover the entire year before the new Congress takes office in January.
Schumer, a Democrat from New York, stated, “Let’s hope this is the last [stop gap] they do so that we can get an omnibus [budget] done in December.”
The financing bill has now been sent to the House, where it is expected to be passed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, before the deadline of September 30, at which point funding for the federal government would run out. Despite the vigorous opposition of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the leadership of the Republican Party, Pelosi and the Democrats are confident that they have the votes necessary for passage.