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Biden signs temporary spending bill averting government shutdown, pushing budget fight into new year

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San Francisco, Nov 17 (AP) President Joe Biden has signed a temporary spending bill a day before a
potential government shutdown, pushing a fight with congressional Republicans over the federal
budget into the new year, as wartime aid for Ukraine and Israel remains stalled.
The measure passed the House and Senate by wide bipartisan margins this week, ensuring the
government remains open until after the holiday season, and potentially giving lawmakers more
time to sort out their considerable differences over government spending levels for the current fiscal
Biden signed the bill in San Francisco, where he is hosting the summit of Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation economies.
News of the signing came late at night. The president signed the bill at the Legion of Honor Museum,
where he held a dinner for APEC members.
The spending package keeps government funding at current levels for roughly two more months
while a long-term package is negotiated. It splits the deadlines for passing full-year appropriations
bills into two dates: January 19 for some federal agencies and February 2 for others, creating two
dates when there will be a risk of a partial government shutdown.
The two-step approach was championed by new House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican, and
was not favoured by many in the Senate, though all but one Democrat and 10 Republicans
supported it because it ensured the government would not shut down for now.
Johnson has vowed that he will not support any further stopgap funding measures, known as
continuing resolutions. He portrayed the temporary funding bill as setting the ground for a spending
“fight” with the Senate next year.
The spending bill does not include the White House’s nearly USD 106 billion request for wartime aid
for Israel and Ukraine. Nor does it provide humanitarian funding for Palestinians and other
supplemental requests, including money for border security. Lawmakers are likely to turn their
attention more fully to that request after the Thanksgiving holiday in hopes of negotiating a deal.

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