Government Shutdown Averted As Congress Approves Spending Through Early December


It also includes disaster aid and money to help Afghan refugees. The bill passed in the Senate 65-35 and in the House 254-175. It funds the government through Dec. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the legislation later on Thursday. 3.
But it's just one of a number of legislative items that have created a high stakes situation on Capitol Hill for Democrats and Joe Biden's White House.
Adam McKay tweeted, "Just a reminder as we watch the horse race news coverage on the infrastructure bills and 'Biden’s agenda' and 'mounting centrist resistance' that the full 3.5 trillion dollar bill is literally our last chance to avoid a global climate apocalypse. That’s it. Have a nice day."
Democrats have control of the 50-50 Senate, and no Republicans are expected to vote for it. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), are resistant to the size of the package, which cannot pass without their votes. But Manchin and another Senate moderate, Sen.
A key vote in the Senate, Sen. Va.), told reporters in a large press scrum outside the Capitol that the figure he offered was $1.5 trillion, although he would not directly say whether that was his final number. Meanwhile, Democratic leaders have been trying to move forward on Joe Biden's legislative agenda. Progressives quickly rejected the figure. Joe Manchin (D-W. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that she still plans to bring a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package to the floor on Thursday, but progressive members have balked unless they can get assurances over the fate of a $3.5 trillion social spending and climate change package, referred to as the "reconciliation" bill.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that discussions are ongoing. It's messy, this sausage making." She said that the White House was working on getting some members to come up in their number and others to come down. "We're in the middle of it right now.
Congress has yet to raise the government debt limit, with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warning that the U.S. Republicans are refusing to vote to raise the limit, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants Democrats to take the responsibility to raising it through a process called reconciliation, which would require a simply majority to pass rather than the 60-vote filibuster threshold. 18. will not be able to pay its debts if action isn't taken by Oct.
The $3.5 trillion package would extend a child tax credit, create universal pre-K, expand Medicare and provide two years of tuition free community college, as well as make huge outlays to counter climate change.
Pelosi tried to project an optimistic scenario for getting the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, telling reporters that "we're on a path" to win it on Thursday. But reporters who pressed House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that he replied "nope" when asked he was confident that it would pass if brought to the floor today.
"Take whatever we aren't able to come to an agreement with today, and take that on the campaign trail next year and I am sure they will get many more liberal progressive Democrats with what they want." "We only have 50 votes," Manchin told reporters, in a moment covered live on news channels.
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Some industry figures chimed in on what is at stake and the drama going on in Washington.
UPDATED, with House vote: The Senate and the House passed a new funding package on Thursday, avoiding a partial shutdown of the government at midnight and resolving, at least for now, one of a number of Democrats' legislative priorities.

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