Biden signs short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown
Washington, December 4 (SocialNews.XYZ) US President Joe Biden has signed a short-term funding bill that will keep the federal government in business until February 18, 2022, preventing an impending partial shutdown.
“Funding the government is not a big achievement. It is the bare minimum of what we have to do,” Biden said Friday, as quoted by the Xinhua news agency.
“But in these times, bipartisan cooperation deserves to be recognized,” Biden said, urging Congress to use the time this bill provides to work towards a bipartisan deal on an annual fundraising bill.
Both houses of Congress passed the bill on Thursday to keep the federal government open until mid-February, just a day before the previous government’s funding expired.
In recent years, lawmakers have struggled constantly to come to an agreement on government spending, and it has been almost common to pass some sort of interim measure during the holiday season. In September, the US Congress passed an interim measure to fund the government until December 3.
“This is the 25th year in a row that Congress has failed to pass supply bills on time. It is truly unacceptable that our leaders cannot fulfill this basic function of government, ”said Maya MacGuineas, chair of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. , an American watch group.
“When they finally agree on appropriations for this fiscal year, they should do so against the backdrop of extending discretionary budget ceilings to responsible levels. With high inflation and near record-breaking debt, the latest thing we need is to grease the wheels with even more deficit-funded spending, ”MacGuineas said.