House GOP stunner: Spending patch passes with mostly Dem votes

October 01, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — The threat of a federal government shutdown suddenly lifted late Saturday as President Joe Biden signed a temporary funding bill to keep agencies open with little time to spare after Congress rushed to approve the bipartisan deal. The outcome ends, for now, the threat of a shutdown, but the reprieve may be short-lived. The package funds government at current 2023 levels until mid-November, and also extends other provisions, including for the Federal Aviation Administration. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who has championed Ukraine aid despite resistance from his own ranks, is expected to keep pursuing U.S. support for Kyiv in the fight against Russia. “All of us have a responsibility to lead and to govern,” said Republican Rep. Mike Lawler of New York.