The short-term extension of the American government funding has been sent to President Joe Biden’s desk, following the congressional approval, which prevented a partial shutdown.
- The spending plan was approved on Thursday morning ahead of the expiration of the current funding on Saturday.
- The measure was passed by the House 221-212, while the Senate voted 69-28 to push forward the spending plan.
- The development will extend federal spending set under the administration of former President Donald Trump until mid-February, allowing more time to deliberate on a new bill.
- Republican lawmakers have pushed to prevent the mandatory vaccination and testing of workers by employers, hoping to score Democrat support.
- A number of Democrats have backed the administration’s vaccination rules, which would have led to a standoff in the Senate.