US Senate passes stopgap bill on temporary budget without aid to Ukraine
On November 16, the US Senate passed a stopgap bill to temporarily fund the government until January 19, 2024, without funding to support Ukraine and Israel.
This was reported by CNN.
The Senate took this step after the House of Representatives to avert a shutdown. The bill was supported by 87 senators, with 11 voting against.
It extends funding until January 19 for military construction, veterans, transportation, housing, and the Energy Ministry. All other areas will be funded until February 2.
However, the bill does not provide new funding for continuing support for Ukraine and Israel.
After approval by the Senate, the document is to be signed by US President Joe Biden.
What is a shutdown?
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 It occurs when the budget for the current period is no longer in effect.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. It makes it possible to finance government spending until lawmakers pass a budget law.