published : 2023-10-01

Senate Passes Stopgap Measure in 88-9 Vote, Averting Government Shutdown with Three Hours to Spare

The Senate passed the bill Saturday night just in time to prevent a shutdown

A photo of Senators discussing the stopgap measure in the Senate chamber, taken with a Nikon D850.

The U.S. Senate approved a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown with just three hours to spare in a Saturday night vote. The final vote was 88-9.

The House passed the short-term spending bill to fund the government for another 45 days Saturday afternoon. The bill, also known as a continuing resolution (CR), passed the House 335 to 91, and caused lawmakers to break out into applause amid the pressure of a shutdown.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) set up a roll call shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday night. The Senate needed 60 yeas to pass the bill.

The fiscal year ends at midnight on Oct. 1. Had the Senate rejected the bill to extend funding past midnight, nonessential government programs would have paused and thousands of federal employees would have been furloughed.

A group photo of lawmakers applauding after the House passed the short-term spending bill, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The bill authorizes funding only for another 45 days. The funding includes $16 billion in disaster relief but does not include assistance to Ukraine.

Previous CR proposals from Republicans did not get any support from Democrats, but members of Congress from both parties voted for the stopgap bill Saturday. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy said during a presser that the stopgap will give Congress more time to 'get their work done.'

The House is going to act so the government will not shut down,' McCarthy told reporters Saturday. 'We will put a clean funding stopgap on the floor to keep the government open for 45 days for the House and Senate to get their work done.'

We will also, knowing what had transpired through the summer, the disasters in Florida, the horrendous fire in Hawaii, and also disasters in California and Vermont, we will put the supplemental portion that the president asked for in disaster there too,' McCarthy added.

A close-up shot of Senator Chuck Schumer during the roll call on Saturday night, taken with a Sony A7 III.

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