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Government shutdown avoided as Senate approves provisional budget and defense package

By on April 19, 2021 0

In a quick vote, the Senate passed a week-long spending bill on Friday afternoon that would prevent a partial federal government shutdown from midnight, sending the measure to President Donald Trump so he can sign it.

The Republican-led chamber also voted 84-13 to approve an annual defense bill, with more than two-thirds required to override a possible presidential veto.

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky had opposed Thursday night to the National Defense Authorization Act, which portends a shutdown because the short-term spending bill that would keep the government funded has been caught in the conflict. But Paul told CNN Friday morning that he would let go of the spending measure and just wanted to “hold it back for a day” on NDAA.

Another obstacle to the spending bill disappeared on Friday afternoon, as Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the former Democratic independent presidential candidate, said they were failing to would not oppose it. Hawley and Sanders had claimed attach an amendment to legislation that would provide Americans with $ 1,200 stimulus checks.

“I am ready to withdraw my objection at this time, but I will not be ready to withdraw an objection next week,” Sanders told the Senate.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Republican of Kentucky, on Friday morning urged fellow Senators to pass the spending bill, known as the Continuing Resolution or CR, and he called for the ‘Approval of the COVID-19 Defense and Alleviation Bill.

“The Senate must pass interim funding measure today to avoid disruption as bipartisan and bicameral efforts move closer to an annual funding bill, and we must move forward what will be the 60th annual bill. on defense clearance, “McConnell said. the Senate floor.

The majority leader reiterated his call for a COVID Relief Package That Has No Liability Shield and no state and local aid. He said: “I propose to put aside both national and local liability protections and bailouts and make laws where we can agree.” But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Democrat of New York, again rejected the offer.

Read more: COVID relief talks stuck in Congress over state aid and liability

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The Democratic-led House has already passed the week spending bill and the defense measure. the The House approved the NDAA on Tuesday in a vote of 335-78, also more than enough votes to override a presidential veto.

Trump has threatened with veto unless lawmakers crack down on social media companies like Facebook FB,
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and Twitter TWTR,
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that he claims to have been biased against him during the election. But his push for it seems doomed, given the number of votes in the House and Senate.

The massive defense bill calls for 3% pay increases for US troops and frees up more than $ 740 billion for training, equipment and construction. Paul said his objections to the NDAA were about how it might limit Trump’s ability to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and Germany.

The main American stock gauges mostly lost ground on Friday afternoon, although the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA,
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had turned higher. The benchmarks are all on track for weekly losses, after the S&P 500 SPX,
-1.31%
and Nasdaq Composite COMP,
-0.92%
closed at record levels Tuesday.

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