On Thursday, the United States Senate approved a stopgap spending bill that opposes a short-term shutdown and funds the Biden government through 18th February after leaders defused a political deadlock over federal coronavirus vaccine mandates. In addition, the move now goes to U.S. President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
On the other hand, congressional leaders announced that they had ultimately reached a pact to keep the government running for additional eleven weeks, usually at current spending levels, while adding $7 billion to fund Afghanistan evacuees. Once the U.S. House voted to pass the measure, senators soon announced a deal that would allow them to vote on it instantly.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he is happy that, in the end, cooler heads succeeded. As a result, the federal government will stay open, and he expresses gratitude to his chamber members for walking the government back from the edge of an unnecessary, needless, and costly shutdown. Moreover, the Senate passed the measure by a vote of 69-28.
Republican Leadership Pressed Leaders to Vote No
Afterward, House approved the move by a 221-212 vote. On the other side, the GOP leadership insisted Republicans vote no; the lone Republican vote for the bill came from Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger. Representatives moaned the short-term fix and blamed the opposing side for the lack of development on the spending bills this year. However, it would allow for talks on a package covering the comprehensive budget year through September.
During the House debate, DeLauro said that make no mistake, a vote against the package is a vote to shut the Biden government down. Some GOP leaders opposed to the president vaccine rules wanted Congress to take a hard stance against the mandated doses for workers at high-level businesses, even if that meant closing down federal offices over the weekend by barring a request that would accelerate a concluding vote on the spending bill.
The most extended closure in U.S. history happened under the leadership of former president Donald Trump – thirty-five days stretching into January 2019, when Democratic leaders rejected to pass money for his United States-Mexico border wall. Additionally, both parties say yes, the work stoppage is irresponsible, yet few standoffs approve without a late challenge to avoid them. Last month, Senator Mike Lee said that Democrats knew that many Republican leaders would use all means at their removal to oppose legislation that backs or permits the implementation of the employer vaccine mandate.