Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

(Bloomberg) — The Senate Wednesday passed a stopgap spending bill needed to prevent an Oct. 1 shutdown of the federal government on an 84 to 10 vote.



a large building: The U.S. Capitol building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The Senate returns today with the Trump administration and Democrats no closer to agreement on a new virus relief package than they were when talks broke off in early August, despite the pressure of the U.S. election in 56 days.


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The U.S. Capitol building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The Senate returns today with the Trump administration and Democrats no closer to agreement on a new virus relief package than they were when talks broke off in early August, despite the pressure of the U.S. election in 56 days.

The bill, H.R. 8337, which easily passed the House last week, now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk. He is expected to sign it before the midnight deadline.

The funding bill would keep the government operating through Dec. 11 at current spending levels.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats, along with White House officials, last week removed the final stumbling block, striking a deal by agreeing to provide

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WASHINGTON – The Senate on Wednesday passed a spending measure to keep federal agencies running hours before the government was set to shut down.

The legislation will now head to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign off on the bill.

The overwhelming 84 – 10 vote marked a bipartisan push to keep the government funded in the midst of a global pandemic that has left many Americans more reliant on the federal government. 

The legislation passed just hours before the annual spending bill would expire at midnight, leaving federal agencies across the country without money to continue operating. It extends government funding levels until Dec. 11 – a month after the election.

Lawmakers added last-minute pandemic relief funding before the bill

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WASHINGTON – The Senate prepared Wednesday evening to vote on a spending measure to keep federal agencies running hours before the government was set to shut down.

The legislation, which is likely to pass in a largely bipartisan vote, would go to President Donald Trump, who is likely to give final approval to the bill. The federal annual spending bill expires at midnight, meaning Congress has to act Wednesday to keep the government open.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said during his weekly news conference Wednesday that the chamber would pass the bill “sometime tonight.” 

A government shutdown in the midst of a global pandemic could be devastating as many Americans struggling financially because of COVID-19 are more reliant on the federal

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Senate advances bill to fund government into December

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to fund the federal government cleared a key Senate procedural hurdle Tuesday as lawmakers sought to accomplish the bare minimum before they depart Washington to campaign — preventing a shutdown when the new fiscal year begins.



Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, walk to hold a private meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, walk to hold a private meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The measure to keep the government running through Dec. 11 advanced by a 82-6 tally. A final vote on Wednesday would send the stopgap spending bill to President Donald Trump in time for his signature before the new budget year starts Thursday.

The funding measure advanced while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made

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Moms 4 Housing-inspired bill becomes California law

A bill signed into law this week prevents corporations from scooping up too much of California’s valuable housing stock — a shift that could help shape how the state’s housing market weathers the COVID-fueled economic crisis.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 1079 into law this week — one of several housing protection or production-focused bills to make it off his desk. SB 1079, which was inspired by the Oakland activist group Moms 4 Housing, prevents corporations from snapping up bundles of homes during foreclosure auctions. Instead, it gives tenants and families an opportunity to buy them individually.

With the coronavirus pandemic pushing national mortgage default rates higher than they’ve been in years, the new state law could prove especially impactful.

“SB 1079 sends a clear message to Wall Street: California homes are not yours to gobble up; we won’t tolerate another corporate takeover of housing,” the bill’s author, Sen. Nancy

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Stopgap bill funding U.S government through December 11 advances in Senate

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to advance a temporary funding bill to keep the government open through Dec. 11, with final passage of the measure expected on the deadline, Wednesday.

Government funding runs out at midnight Wednesday. The legislation, if passed by then and signed into law by President Donald Trump, would maintain current funding levels for most programs, avoiding a government shutdown in the middle of a pandemic and weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. election.

The Senate voted 82-6 on a procedural motion to advance the temporary funding bill, with all six no votes cast by Republicans.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives approved the measure a week ago after Democrats struck a deal with the White House and Republicans on farmers’ aid and nutritional assistance for children.

Senate Democrats acknowledged they had stretched out action on the stopgap bill

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Senate To Take A Procedural Vote On A Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown

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The Senate will meet late Tuesday to consider a bill designed to avoid a government shutdown when the 2021 fiscal year begins Thursday, even as a potentially contentious Supreme Court fight looms in the background and the two main presidential contenders meet for the first debate.

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The Republican-dominated Senate is expected to resume consideration of H.R.8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, born in part of negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; the measure passed in the House on a bipartisan 359 to 57 vote and was expected to easily clear the Senate.

Tuesday’s vote would limit debate, according to CNN, and set the stage for a final vote to pass the spending measure Wednesday in the waning hours of a fiscal year that has seen the nation take on trillions of dollars in debt to bail out businesses and consumers

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New Jersey lawmakers advance bill to formally repeal ‘family cap’ welfare law

New Jersey is on the brink of scrapping a controversial state law barring families receiving welfare from getting a larger stipend if the mother gives birth while receiving government benefits.



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New Jersey lawmakers advance bill to formally repeal ‘family cap’ welfare law

Lawmakers in both chambers of the state legislature this week passed a bill informally known as the family cap law, which original sponsors intended as a disincentive for women on welfare from having more children. The bill repealing the law now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) desk.

Murphy’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding his intentions.

Should it become law, the bill would add at least $1.1 million to the state budget, according to an approximation from the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services.

New Jersey was the first state to implement the so-called family cap

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Indonesian protesters target government’s flagship jobs bill

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian activists and workers held rallies across the country on Thursday to protest against President Joko Widodo’s flagship Job Creation bill, as parliament moves closer to wrapping up debate on a bill that critics say is too pro-business.

However, the size of the rally in Jakarta was far smaller than organisers had planned, with only a few dozen attending the protest outside parliament amid coronavirus restrictions.

The president, whose coalition controls 74% of parliamentary seats, has asked lawmakers to finish deliberations by this month or early October.

The so-called “omnibus” bill aims to revise over 70 laws to improve the investment climate in a single piece of legislation.

But it has been attacked by unions because it aims to cut severance benefits and revise rules on outsourcing, among other proposals. Meanwhile, green groups say it could lead to ecological disasters by relaxing requirements for environmental studies.

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House may vote on bill to fund government through December

Washington — The House could vote on Tuesday on a short-term measure to keep government agencies funded through December 11, hoping to stave off a government shutdown days ahead of a September 30 funding deadline. The bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), is expected to pass largely along party lines, as Republicans have complained about the lack of funding included to assist farmers.

“The Continuing Resolution introduced today will avert a catastrophic shutdown in the middle of the ongoing pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes, and keep government open until December 11, when we plan to have bipartisan legislation to fund the government for this fiscal year,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement announcing the measure on Monday.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the proposal, tweeting later on Monday that the measure “shamefully leaves out key relief and support that American farmers need.”

Republicans have argued for a

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