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The House voted 335-91 to fund the government for another 45 days, with more Democrats than Republicans supporting it.

The US House of Representatives on Saturday approved a temporary funding bill, in a major step towards avoiding a government shutdown hours before current funding expires.

The House voted 335-91 to fund the government for another 45 days, with more Democrats than Republicans supporting it.

The measure would extend government funding by 45 days if it passes the Democratic-majority Senate and is signed into law by Democratic President Joe Biden.

The move marked a profound shift from earlier in the week when a shutdown looked all but inevitable.

Democrats overwhelmingly backed the eleventh-hour Republican measure to keep federal funding going, albeit with a freeze on Washington’s massive aid to Ukraine.

The stopgap measure was pitched by Speaker Kevin McCarthy with just hours to go before a midnight shutdown deadline that would have seen millions of federal employees and military personnel sent home or required to work without pay.

The shutdown crisis was largely triggered by a small group of hardline Republicans who had defied their own party leadership to scupper various temporary funding proposals as they pressed for deep spending cuts.

The proposed plan would keep the government funded at current levels without the hardline-backed spending cuts that Democrats had viewed as a non-starter. But it also does not include funding for Ukraine.

Arming and funding Ukraine in its war against the Russian invasion has been a key policy plank for President Joe Biden’s administration and, while the stopgap is only temporary, it does raise questions over the political viability of renewing the multibillion-dollar flow of assistance.

The Senate had been prepared to vote on its own stopgap bill later Saturday — one that did include funding for Ukraine.

Last week Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Capitol Hill to try to convince the slowly growing number of skeptical Republican members of Congress not to give up on his country.

Sumber: www.aljazeera.com

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