Senate Passes Bill to Extend Funding Through Mid-February

With a vote of 69-28 in the Senate, Congress has averted a government shutdown. Last night both chambers voted to pass a stopgap bill to extend funding through mid-February. Passage of the stopgap bill ahead of today’s midnight deadline ended a standoff that threatened to trigger a shutdown when a small number of Republicans who object to Biden’s vaccine requirements held out the possibility of holding up a quick vote on the bill. The two parties agreed to hold votes on the stopgap bill as well as a GOP amendment to prohibit the use of federal funding for vaccine mandates which failed. Earlier yesterday the House passed a resolution with a final vote of 221-212 to fund the government through February 18th.