Buzzer-Beater: Biden Signs Last-Minute Spending Deal, Avoids Shutdown

  • President Joe Biden signed a temporary spending deal that was passed by Congress, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown just one hour before federal funding was set to lapse on Oct. 1.
  • The bill hit a snag in the upper chamber after Sen. Michael Bennett (D-CO) threatened to stall passage because of its exclusion of Ukraine aid, a provision that was stripped from the bipartisan spending deal due to a lack of GOP support. That delay pushed the final vote until after 8:30 p.m., giving lawmakers only a handful of hours to deliver the legislation to the president’s desk.
  • “We will not stop fighting for more economic and security assistance for Ukraine,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement.
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