Congress Passes Last-Minute Stopgap Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown

Congress recently passed a last-minute stopgap bill to avoid a government shutdown. The legislation does not include any further aid for Ukraine, which is something Democrats demanded.

Hours before a midnight deadline, the Senate passed a temporary measure to avert a government shutdown, the Blaze reported.

The measure was then approved by the House by a vote of 335-91 and will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature. The bill includes an additional $16 billion in natural disaster aid but excludes any for Ukraine.

Of course, Biden blamed “extreme House Republicans” for the “manufactured crisis” of not providing Ukraine with further aid on top of the estimated $75 billion the U.S. has already allocated.

“Just a few months ago, Speaker McCarthy and I reached a budget agreement to avoid precisely this type of manufactured crisis,” the White House said in a statement. “For weeks, extreme House Republicans tried to walk away from that deal by demanding drastic cuts that would have been devastating for millions of Americans. They failed.”

The Biden administration issued a stark warning to Republicans for not providing more money from the pockets of hard-working Americans to the Ukraine war effort.

“While the Speaker and the overwhelming majority of Congress have been steadfast in their support for Ukraine, there is no new funding in this agreement to continue that support,” the White House stated. “We cannot under any circumstances allow American support for Ukraine to be interrupted.”

Such a warning comes after a CNN poll shows most Americans opposing any further aid to Ukraine. In August 2023, the outlet released a survey, detailing that 55% of Americans say Congress should not provide Ukraine with any further monetary aid.

Biden said he believes House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) “will keep his commitment to the people of Ukraine and secure passage of the support needed to help Ukraine at this critical moment.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) echoed Biden’s remarks, blaming “MAGA extremists” for the potential government shutdown.

“Today, MAGA extremists have failed, bipartisanship has prevailed, and both parties have come together to avert a shutdown,” Schumer wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“After trying to take our government hostage, MAGA Republicans won nothing,” he added. “We funded the government and avoided all of the extreme, nasty, harmful cuts MAGA Republicans wanted.”