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Biden signs law on temporary US budget without aid to Ukraine 

17 November, 2023 Friday
09:48

On Thursday, November 16, President Joe Biden signed a law for the temporary funding of the US government, lacking provisions for support to Ukraine and Israel

The White House shared the information.

The "Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024" signed by Biden provides federal agencies with FY2024 appropriations through January 19, 2024 to continue projects and activities in four bills. The remaining eight appropriations bills provide funding through February 2, 2024. 

On November 14, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to temporarily fund the government until January 19 without funding for support for Ukraine and Israel to prevent a shutdown.

What is a shutdown and why voting for the budget resolution is also important for Ukraine

A government shutdown is a situation where part of the US government is not working because a new budget has not been passed that includes funds for government agencies. It occurs when the budget for the current period is no longer in effect. This time it happened on September 30, and the shutdown began on October 1. In such cases, Congress has the right to approve a temporary extension of the budget period.

The budget resolution is necessary to avoid a shutdown. Such a shutdown could start on October 1 if Congress does not pass a budget resolution for the next fiscal year by September 30. Instead, the adoption of a budget resolution will allow financing government spending until lawmakers pass a budget law.

Earlier, US Department of State spokesman Matthew Miller said that the shutdown could affect the speed of arms deliveries to US partners.

At the same time, he said, a two-party majority in the US Congress supports continued assistance to Ukraine.

On September 30, former US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that money for Ukraine should be excluded from the supplemental spending bill to prevent a shutdown.

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