Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Bill, Minus Ukraine Aid; Sends It To Biden

CORRECTS YEAR TO 2022 - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, attend a meeting with President Joe Biden and congressional leaders to discuss legislative priorities for the rest of the year, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
  • The threat of a federal government shutdown ended late Saturday, hours before a midnight deadline, as Congress approved a temporary funding bill to keep agencies open and sent the measure to President Joe Biden to sign.
  • The rushed package drops aid to Ukraine, a White House priority opposed by a growing number of GOP lawmakers, but increases federal disaster assistance by $16 billion, meeting Biden’s full request. The bill funds government until Nov. 17.
  • After whirlwind days of turmoil in the House, Speaker Kevin McCarthy suddenly abandoned demands for steep spending cuts from his right flank and instead relied on Democrats to pass the bill, at risk to his own job. The Senate followed with final passage.