US Senate Passes Stopgap Measure To Avoid Government Shutdown

On Thursday, the Senate voted 72-25 to fund the government through Dec. 16.

Government funding is set to expire on Sept. 30, so the continuing resolution (CR) passed by the Senate will be hurried through the House of Representatives, and then over to President Joe Biden to be signed in time to avoid a shutdown.

The spending bill allows for ten more weeks of government spending. Among the CR’s stipulations are “anomalies” to increase spending for certain government programs.

The anomalies include a $400 million boost for hiring at the Social Security Administration; $20 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to assist with the water infrastructure in Jackson, Mississippi; and $1 billion for the Health and Human Services Department’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The program also includes more than $12 billion for Ukraine aid.

Some conservative media members criticized Republicans for voting in favor of the CR, rather than leveraging their votes to address GOP concerns, such as the immigration crisis.

“Our government officials orchestrate a cartel invasion of the country with millions crossing our border,” seethed Blaze Media reporter Daniel Horowitz. “They induce one life-altering catastrophic policy after another from COVID, attack our energy and food, groom a generation of children with gender-bending, and genetically engineer Americans like pieces of software.”

“To top it off, they are unleashing 87,000 IRS agents upon us and sending the FBI to persecute political opponents,” he continued. “Yet not only won’t Senate Republicans hold up the budget bill until these grievances are redressed through defunding mechanisms and policy changes, they are actually adding new funding for Ukraine – the catalyst for the energy crisis – and more resettlement of unvetted Afghan refugees.”

Horowitz also criticized the Dec. 16 deadline, as that would come during a lame-duck session and enable Democrats to control the vote on another spending bill.

Also notable is what did not appear in the CR. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had made a deal with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to include his proposal for energy project changes in the CR, in exchange for Manchin’s vote on the Inflation Reduction Act.

However, the energy project changes drew sharp criticism, threatening to undermine the passage of the CR, so Manchin and Schumer ultimately agreed to remove the provisions.