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The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded through December and prevent a shutdown, though the measure did not address the looming debt ceiling crisis that will plunge the US next month into an uncharted economic zone. can drown.

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The bill passed 254 – 175, with all Democrats and 34 Republicans voting “yes” to it, hours after it was approved by the Senate with equal bipartisan support.

The bill includes funding requested by the White House to resettle Afghan refugees and repatriate American migrants, as well as additional assistance to respond to a surge of natural disasters in the summer.

The vote came hours before a planned vote on a bipartisan infrastructure package, on which some Republicans were also hoping to vote along with Democrats.

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“I think it’s important to maintain some consistency and consistency,” said Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), one of the Republicans who voted for the bill. Businesshala off His vote, “is a very high threshold for standing in its way and causing a little more chaos in an already chaotic time.”

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House Democrats on Wednesday passed a standalone debt ceiling suspension bill instead of bundling it with a spending measure, as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned the US could be unable to pay its bills by October 18. The debt ceiling bill is unlikely to be approved by the Senate. 60 vote limit.

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The stopgap spending bill, referred to as a perpetual resolution, is likely to go to President Joe Biden’s desk before the end of the day when the fiscal year ends. However, this would only topple Cain down while giving Congress time to prepare the annual budget.