Congress Passes Short-Term Stopgap Bill In Eleventh Hour

Congress passed a short-term spending bill late Saturday night as a means of preventing a government shutdown. Fortunately, the agreement will extend budget approval through November 17 and does not provide for any new aid going to Ukraine before then.

This comes as good news for members of the U.S. military and many civilian contractors on bases who would not have been paid had the shutdown not been averted. But many Americans are questioning whether the last-minute agreement is merely going to extend the controversy faced in past weeks.

Congress took every minute up until just a few hours before a shutdown would have commenced to reach an agreement, coming across the aisle only to agree on temporary measures. In short, the majority of the left wants more funding for Ukraine — and the majority of the right does not. What do the American people want? It would appear they want more help here at home.

The House passed the stopgap bill on Saturday afternoon, but it took the Senate hours into the night to do the same with a 88-9 vote. The spending bill will continue to fund the federal government’s operations at 2023 levels.

Joe Biden signed the bill into law later that evening. This move followed weeks’ of his remarks being directed at the Republican party for refusing to get on board with Democrat demands that more funding for Ukraine be included in the package — a move many felt should have been kept separate from the national budget bill.

Biden issued the following statement after the passing of this bill, and he had few kind words for the party he still seems to consider to be his opposition:

“Just a few months ago, Speaker McCarthy and I reached a budget agreement to avoid precisely this type of manufactured crisis. For weeks, extreme House Republicans tried to walk away from that deal by demanding drastic cuts that would have been devastating for millions of Americans. They failed.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was quick to echo Biden’s sentiments, touting it was all the Republican party’s fault that the government was nearly forced to shutter.

Biden continued, “We cannot under any circumstances allow American support for Ukraine to be interrupted.”

In other words, the temporary spending bill was necessary to pass, but the overarching issue remains. Biden and his Administration are not going to stop pushing for more aid to Ukraine — be it through separate means or the next budget bill.

With nearly $76 billion in aid already being dished out to Ukraine, Americans are wondering when the funding of this war effort will stop. Biden has been fairly clear that it won’t until Ukraine has won.