Senate advances stopgap funding deadline extension

by ian

The Senate cleared the first procedural hurdle yesterday to avoid a partial government shutdown.

The chamber voted 68-13 to advance a measure to extend current funding until March. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) says it will give Congress more time to hammer out the details of the bipartisan spending deal reached earlier this month.

The measure is meant to replace a stopgap bill passed last November. If it passes, the new measure will fund the government in two parts through March 1 and 8. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) previously said he was against short-term funding, but now says he’s seen enough progress to make an exception.

Congress needs to pass the bill by Friday at midnight to avoid a partial government shutdown. But there could be some snags as House Conservatives are pushing back against the plan for keeping spending at current levels.