Racing against time to pass it before midnight on Friday, the House of Representatives, on a bipartisan basis, agreed to keep the lights on until March 1, after the resolution is approved by the Senate.
This is the third temporary US budget agreement in which Republicans have demanded specific measures to stop unrest on the southern border in three consecutive years under Joe Biden’s irresponsible Open Door policy.
With money for several departments running out after midnight Friday in Washington, Congress approved the text that must be sent to Joe Biden’s desk for promulgation before the deadline.
The US Congress is under pressure to avoid the famous partial “shutdown” of the government, especially considering that a snowstorm could arrive in Washington this Friday and the House of Representatives has already canceled the votes scheduled for in the sun.
The law allows the government to continue funding state spending until early March, giving Congress time to agree on a broader budget and spending details.
The repeated failure of Congress to pass a budget for the fiscal year (which began four months ago) illustrates the dysfunctional nature of the American institutional apparatus.
Financing measures adopted in short periods are often used to avoid budget paralysis.
The text voted on Thursday is the subject of bitter negotiations between the Republicans, who have a majority in the Lower House, and the Democrats, who have a majority in the Senate.
The disagreement between the two parties focused on the cost of goods.