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U.S. Senate passes last-minute funding bill to temporarily stave off government shutdown

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The threat of a federal government shutdown ended late Saturday, hours before a midnight deadline, as Congress approved a temporary funding bill to keep agencies open and sent the measure to President Joe Biden to sign.

Senate passes temporary funding bill

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The U.S. Capitol Building is seen in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The threat of a U.S. government shutdown ended on Saturday after the Senate passed a temporary funding bill. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The threat of a federal government shutdown ended late Saturday, hours before a midnight deadline, as Congress approved a temporary funding bill to keep agencies open and sent the measure to President Joe Biden to sign.

The rushed package drops aid to Ukraine, a White House priority opposed by a growing number of GOP lawmakers, but increases federal disaster assistance by $16 billion US, meeting Biden's full request. The bill funds government until Nov. 17.

After whirlwind days of turmoil in the House, Speaker Kevin McCarthy suddenly abandoned demands for steep spending cuts from his right flank and instead relied on Democrats to pass the bill, at risk to his own job. The Senate followed with final passage.

"We're going to do our job," McCarthy, a Republican from California, said before the House vote. "We're going to be adults in the room. And we're going to keep government open."

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