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Senate Clear Stopgap Bill, Setting Up Final Spending Talks

March 1, 2024

Aidan Quigley

Roll Call

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is seen in the Dirksen building on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By Aidan Quigley, Roll Call / February 29, 2024

Lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown after the Senate on Thursday cleared a two-step continuing resolution to allow final appropriations work to wrap up in the coming weeks.

The Senate voted 77-13 to send the short-term spending measure to President Joe Biden’s desk. The House earlier Thursday passed the bill on a 320-99 vote under the suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority of lawmakers present and voting.

If Congress hadn’t acted, spending authority for agencies covered by a subset of the 12 annual appropriations bills would have lapsed Saturday.

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