Biden narrowly avoids shutdown, but struggles remain
President Joe Biden signed a short-term funding bill on Thursday, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown that would have started at midnight.
The measure hastily passed through the Senate and House before it landed on Biden’s desk and will keep the government funded through Dec. 3.
Additionally, the bill includes $28.6 billion for communities impacted by national disasters and $6.3 billion for Afghan refugees.
Bipartisanship enabled Congress to pass the bill quickly, though that likely will not continue forward with the upcoming budget-related votes.
Moderate Democrats reiterated that they do not support the price tag of Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan.
“I’m willing to sit down and work through that $1.5 [trillion] to get our priorities,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) said.