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US Senate passes $1.2 trn funding package to avert government shutdown

*The United States Senate early Saturday, March 23 approves a legislation for President Joe Biden’s assent into law, and okays approved a $1.2 trillion funding package, following a last-minute consensus in order to  prevent a potential partial government shutdown in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a regulatory move to avert a potential partial government shutdown, the United States (US) Senate Saturday, March 23, 2024, approved a legislation by vote of 74 to 24 for onward transmission be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law

ConsumerConnect reports the US Senate also approved a $1.2 trillion funding package in the early hours of Saturday, following a last-minute consensus, thereby preventing a potential partial government shutdown.

The package, which fully funds the government through September this year, ends a months-long fight over spending that persisted six months into the fiscal year.

The lawmakers approved the legislation by a vote of 74 to 24, and would  then be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “We have funded the government with significant investments for parents and kids and small businesses and health care workers and military families and so much more.

“Our efforts have paid off with a strong funding bill that now goes to President Biden’s desk.”

Earlier, Schumer reportedly had said that an “agreement to complete the job of funding the government tonight.

“It wasn’t easy, but tonight our persistence has been worth it. It is good for the American people that we have reached this bipartisan deal.”

The fresh bill includes money for the departments of State, Homeland Security, Defence, Labour and Health and Human Services, as well as funds for foreign operations, financial services and the legislative branch.

Another package, which funds the rest of the government, was passed by Congress two weeks ago.

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