President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs bill to prevent closure after brief loss of funding Data protection, civil rights groups demand Amazon to be transparent about violations of election data Facebook removes ads for Trump campaigns that bind refugees to the coronavirus MORE signed a bill late Wednesday evening to extend current state funds into the new fiscal year to prevent a shutdown after state funds briefly forfeited.
Trump only signed the bill, which was passed in the House of Representatives last week and the Senate on Wednesday, only after returning from a rally in Minnesota after midnight.
The White House urged the agencies not to close even though the legal funding was used up by midnight, as Trump would likely sign it quickly upon his return, as Politico first reported. A similar period occurred in February 201
The rolling resolution will allow the government to continue functioning in the new fiscal year that began at midnight, with funds flowing through December 11th.
The bill, which was passed in the House of Representatives last week and in the Senate on Wednesday night, was a rare moment of bipartisan collaboration in the dire run-up to the elections.
Democrats and Republicans have argued bitterly over a fifth COVID-19 relief bill and GOP plan to ratify Amy Coney Barrett to fill the late justice system Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgTrump signs bill to shutdown shutdown after short loss of funding Trump’s tax bomb sheds light on enforcement of IRS | Senate passes bill to prevent shutdowns hours before deadline A divisive debate for a divided nation MORESeat of the Supreme Court before the election.
House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump Signs Bill Preventing Closure After Brief Funding Loss Trumps Tax Bomb Sheds Light on Enforcement by IRS | The Senate passes law to prevent the shutdown hours before the deadline. “Another serious attempt” of COVID-19 aid brings progress, but no more agreement (D-Calif.) And Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin agreed to separate the government funding issue from the COVID-19 negotiations to ensure those disagreements didn’t stall the government just weeks before a crucial election.
Still, the sides had to negotiate a compromise to increase funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), which Republicans said was a key program for farmers and Democrats and was used as a slush fund for political priorities.
They agreed to limit uses, exclude payments to refineries and fossil fuel importers, and add $ 8 billion to food aid programs.
While the measure postpones a potential shutdown until the Lame Ducks meeting, Congress and the White House will have to finalize 12 annual expense accounts on Dec. 11 or approve an additional extension.
The House passed 10 of the 12 bills with party line votes earlier this summer, but the Senate hasn’t yet released a single bill that addresses major issues like police reform and COVID relief.
Next steps by Congress will likely depend on whether the Democrats win control of the White House and Senate in the November election.