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Facing the threat of a government shutdown, Congress votes to keep the government funded until March 

On Thursday, January 18, Congress sent President Joe Biden a short-term spending bill that would keep government agencies funded until early March, temporarily averting a government shutdown. The House approved the measure by a vote of 314-108, with the Senate voting to pass the bill by a vote of 77-18. The bill includes an increase to Pentagon spending to $886.3 billion and essentially maintains nondefense funding at $772.7 billion. Despite calls from some House Republicans to scrap a hypothetical $1.66 trillion budget negotiated with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker Mike Johnson R-La., has indicated that he is resolute in his support for the measure. 

Information from AP News, New York Times, NPR 

Congress passes short-term spending bill that averts a government shutdown | AP News 

Congress Agrees on Spending Levels as Government Shutdown Looms – The New York Times (nytimes.com) 

Congress to vote on stop-gap spending bill : NPR 

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