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Government shutdown update: Congress avoids disaster with funding deal through September

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Congressional leaders reached a consensus on a funding deal to prevent a government shutdown, ensuring operations through September. The agreement, announced on Tuesday, March 19, by House Speaker Mike Johnson, secures funding for several key departments, including the State Department, Defense, Homeland Security, Labor, and Health and Human Services. This move comes ahead of the looming shutdown deadline at the end of the week, addressing the critical need to maintain government operations and services.


The deal, pivotal for averting a shutdown, was reached after negotiators resolved disagreements surrounding the Department of Homeland Security funding, which had emerged as a contentious issue due to the crisis at the southern border. Although the specifics of the agreement were not disclosed, drafting of the bill text has commenced, with plans for it to be reviewed and possibly approved by both the House and Senate as swiftly as possible.

The path forward for the funding bill remains uncertain, as some House Republicans have expressed opposition to the agreement. The bill must pass through the House and then the Senate, where it requires unanimous consent for passage, leaving room for potential blockages by any senator. Lawmakers are under a tight deadline, with a cutoff at 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, to pass the bill and obtain President Joe Biden’s signature to ensure continuous government funding.



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