03-1-2024, 11:19 AM

Stopgap legislation signed by Biden prevents a government shutdown

On Friday, President Joe Biden signed a temporary bill into effect to prevent a partial government shutdown by week's end.

Facing two looming shutdown dates—on Friday and March 8—Congress opted to extend funding temporarily through a stopgap measure. This measure sets two new deadlines on March 8 and March 22, allowing more time for the completion and passage of full-year funding bills.

Earlier this week, congressional leaders reached an accord on six appropriations bills, committing to enact the full-year package before March 8. The remaining appropriations bills required to fund the rest of the government will be finalized and passed before March 22.

Both the House and Senate approved the bill on Thursday.

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