The government will not be shutdown, at least not yet, as the U.S. Senate passed a temporary funding bill on Saturday afternoon. The bill will fund the government for four days, making the next deadline Wednesday night, according to a Breaking News report by Fox News.
Now, the bill, which was passed by a voice vote, will head to President Obama and will go into affaect pending his signature. The passing of the bill will provide temporary funding, but Congress still must agree to the details of a different long-term funding bill of $1.1 trillion for the governemnt to be funded past the new Wednesday deadline.
Also in contention with congressional members are 20 nominations President Obama has made to numerous administrative and judicial positions. The outcome of this much bigger funding bill is unknown at this time, but the money involved would fund the U.s. government through much of the coming year.
With the passing by the Senate of the temporary spending bill on Saturday afternoon, a potential shutdown has been avoided, for now. The next big funding bill’s deadline looms just four days off, by the end of Wednesday night.
Written By Douglas Cobb