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Biden signs budget passed by House to avoid shutdown, White House

Biden signs budget passed by House to avoid shutdown, White House U.S. President Joe Biden (Photo: GettyImages)

U.S. President Joe Biden is ready to sign a bill approved by the House of Representatives to extend temporary government funding if the Senate votes for it, according to CNN.

The White House official stated that Biden intends to sign the bill with the Senate's support. Additionally, he urged Congress to approve funding for Israel, Ukraine, and border security.

"Congress must also address urgent national security and domestic needs—including funding for Israel, Ukraine, humanitarian assistance, border security, WIC, and other critical priorities that have bipartisan support,” the official said.

It is worth noting that earlier the White House criticized the bill, calling it frivolous, unworkable, and threatening the country's national security and domestic programs.

"Shutdown" in the United States

The U.S. House of Representatives has supported a bill by Republican Speaker Mike Johnson to extend temporary government funding to prevent a shutdown.

A "shutdown" is a government shutdown due to a funding cutoff. It occurs when Congress fails to approve and the president fails to sign a budget agreement.

What happened before

On October 1, the U.S. Congress passed a temporary budget bill. It did not include any new funding for assistance to Ukraine, as it was decided to consider this initiative separately.

After that, U.S. President Joe Biden proposed that Congress allocate $106 billion. Most of these funds - $60 billion - are to be used to help Ukraine. The package also included aid to Israel.

The president's initiative faced resistance in the U.S. House of Representatives, where the new speaker, Mike Johnson, wanted to consider aid to Ukraine and Israel separately. He introduced a separate package for Israel to the House, and it was supported.

But in the Senate, where the Democrats have a majority, they did not even want to consider Johnson's initiative. They supported combining aid to Ukraine and Israel into one package.