United States (US) President Joe Bidensigned the temporary funding bill that will prevent the government from closing. With Biden signing the bill that will provide 45 days of funding to the federal government less than 1 hour before the end of the 2023 fiscal year, the government shutdown was prevented.
The bill was passed by 335 votes against 91 in the House of Representatives dominated by Republicans today, and passed the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority, with 88 "yes" votes against 9 "no" votes. The bill in question will provide appropriations to federal agencies until November 17, while allowing time to reach an agreement on the 2024 fiscal year funding in Congress.
On the other hand, Biden, in a written statement after the bill passed the Congress, pointed out that the bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate voted today to keep the government open to prevent an unnecessary crisis that would cause unnecessary suffering to millions of hardworking Americans.
Emphasising that the approved bill ensures that active duty soldiers will continue to be paid, passengers will avoid delays at the airport, millions of women and children will continue to access vital nutrition assistance, and much more, Biden stated that this is good news for Americans.
"Just a few months ago, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and I reached a funding agreement to avoid exactly this kind of manufactured crisis. For weeks, extreme Republicans tried to withdraw from this agreement, demanding serious cuts that could be devastating for millions of Americans. They failed," Biden emphasised.
Stating that although US Senator Joseph Raymond McCarthy and the overwhelming majority of Congress are determined in their support for Ukraine, there is no new funding in the agreement that will ensure the continuation of this support, Biden stated that they will not allow America's support for Ukraine to be cut under any circumstances. Biden noted that he hoped McCarthy would maintain his commitment to the Ukrainian people and ensure the passage of the support needed to help Ukraine at this critical moment.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen also stated in her written statement that she applauded Congress for taking action to prevent a reckless and unnecessary government shutdown.
Emphasising that the country has made remarkable economic progress in the last 2.5 years,
"We must work to support our economic progress rather than jeopardise it with dangerous political aggression," Yellen said,
Source: Anadolu Agency