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US Congress sends Biden stop-gap funding bill to avoid govt shutdown

The Senate acted as a midnight Friday deadline loomed, when existing funds were set to expire for operating most of the federal government

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The U.S. Congress on Thursday gave final approval of legislation funding the government through March 11, avoiding the embarrassing spectacle of federal agencies having to shut many of their operations amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

The Senate acted as a midnight Friday deadline loomed, when existing funds were set to expire for operating most of the federal government.

The temporary funding bill passed in a bipartisan vote of 65-27 and now goes to President Joe Biden for signing into law.

It was needed because Congress so far has failed to pass any of the one-dozen regular appropriations bills for the fiscal year that began

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First Published: Feb 18 2022 | 7:57 AM IST

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