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Biden signs $460B short-term government funding bill into law

The Senate passed the bill Friday 75-22 before it went to President Biden's desk. It will keep the government funded for the fiscal year.

Biden signs $460B short-term government funding bill into law
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President Joe Biden signed a $460 billion short-term spending bill into law Saturday that will prevent a government shutdown and fund certain agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The Senate passed the bill 75-22 Friday night, just before key government agencies would have had to shut down. The bill then headed to Biden's desk. 

The measure collects six spending bills to keep funding flowing to government agencies including the departments of Justice, Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Interior and Transportation. 

Lawmakers are also working to pass a funding bill for six more agencies, including the Department of Defense. In that case, they face a March 22 deadline.

Congress is voting on the bills more than five months into the fiscal year. It relied on a sequence of even shorter-term spending bills in that time, while work progressed toward longer-term solutions. Together, the latest bills would keep their agencies funded through the rest of the fiscal year.

Congress approves short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown
Congress approves short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown

Congress approves short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown

This short-term bill agreement really just puts a Band-Aid on an issue that was supposed to be resolved last year.

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