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US Senate approves temporary budget to avoid shutdown

US Senate approves temporary budget to avoid shutdown Photo: The US Senate passed a stopgap budget (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The US Senate has passed a bill on a temporary budget. This will allow the government to continue working and avoid a shutdown, according to Reuters.

The document was supported by 77 US senators, and 13 were against it. The budget agreement has already been sent to US President Joe Biden for signature.

Under the previous agreement, funding for some government agencies ends on March 1, while others end on March 8. The bill extended funding until March 8 and 22, respectively.

Biden says that the decision of the Senate and the House of Representatives is good news for Americans. But he emphasizes that this is only a short-term solution, not an early one.

What preceded it

We would like to add that a shutdown is a condition when part of the US government stops working due to the lack of a new budget.

Since September 2023, the US Congress has been unable to agree on a budget for 2024. Republicans are demanding spending cuts and increased border security. There are also discussions about supporting Ukraine.

On February 13, the US Senate approved a bill to provide $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. In particular, more than $60 billion is provided for Ukraine.

House Speaker Mike Johnson opposed the initiative. The bill has not yet been considered.