President Biden Approves Interim Funding Measure, Deferring Budget Conflict to Next Year

by Chloe Baker
Government Shutdown Bill

On Thursday, President Joe Biden enacted an interim funding bill, just a day ahead of a potential government shutdown deadline. This move postpones a looming budgetary confrontation with Republican members of Congress into the upcoming year. The bill’s passage, which occurred with strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate earlier this week, ensures that government operations will continue beyond the holiday season. This development may provide legislators additional time to reconcile significant disagreements regarding the government’s spending levels for the current fiscal year. President Biden signed the legislation in San Francisco amidst hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

The announcement of the bill’s signing was made late in the evening following a dinner event for APEC delegates.

The current legislation maintains government funding at existing levels for about two more months, buying time for the negotiation of a comprehensive funding package. It establishes two separate deadlines for the passage of full-year budget bills: January 19 for certain federal departments and February 2 for others. This bifurcated deadline approach introduces the possibility of partial government shutdowns at these two junctures.

The strategy of dividing the appropriations deadlines was primarily advocated by the newly appointed House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican. Despite not being widely favored in the Senate, the bill garnered support from all Democrats except one and 10 Republican senators, primarily to avoid an immediate government shutdown.

Speaker Johnson has declared his opposition to any further interim funding measures, also known as continuing resolutions, and has described the current bill as a precursor to a budgetary “battle” with the Senate in the forthcoming year.

Notably, the funding bill does not address the nearly $106 billion request from the White House intended for wartime assistance to Israel and Ukraine. It also omits humanitarian aid for Palestinians and other supplementary funding requests, including those for border security. After the Thanksgiving break, legislators are expected to focus more intensively on these issues, aiming to negotiate a resolution.

This report includes contributions from AP journalists Stephen Groves and Zeke Miller in Washington.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Government Shutdown Bill

What was the recent action taken by President Biden regarding government funding?

President Biden signed an interim spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. This bill defers the budgetary debate with Congress to the next year and maintains current funding levels for approximately two more months.

How does this interim bill affect the federal budget negotiations?

The bill allows the government to remain operational past the holiday season, giving lawmakers more time to resolve significant differences over spending levels for the current fiscal year.

What are the key deadlines set by the new spending bill?

The bill sets two deadlines for passing full-year appropriations: January 19 for some federal agencies and February 2 for others, presenting risks of partial government shutdowns at these times.

Who supported the interim funding bill and what was their rationale?

The bill was supported by strong bipartisan margins in both the House and Senate, including all but one Democrat and 10 Republicans. The primary reason for their support was to prevent an immediate government shutdown.

Does the interim bill include funding for Ukraine and Israel?

No, the interim spending bill does not include the nearly $106 billion requested by the White House for wartime aid to Ukraine and Israel, nor does it provide humanitarian funding for Palestinians and other supplemental requests.

More about Government Shutdown Bill

  • Government Shutdown Averted
  • Biden’s Interim Funding Bill
  • Federal Budget Negotiations 2023
  • House Speaker Mike Johnson’s Stance
  • Funding for Ukraine and Israel
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit

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SandraL November 17, 2023 - 10:59 am

really? another temporary fix? when will they actually sort out the budget for once…

JennyK November 17, 2023 - 1:06 pm

surprised biden signed this in San Fran, thought he’d be in DC for something this big. Politics is weird sometimes.

MikeThompson November 17, 2023 - 4:07 pm

Wow, good to see them avoiding a shutdown, but what about the funding for Ukraine and Israel? Seems like a big oversight..

TomHawk November 17, 2023 - 6:30 pm

Mike Johnson’s really playing hardball, huh? No more stopgap measures he says. let’s see how that plays out next year.

Gary89 November 18, 2023 - 3:55 am

I guess this is good news, keeping the government running is key, but these short term solutions aren’t really solutions, are they?


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