The bill, which received bipartisan support and was passed by both the House and Senate, aims to prevent a government shutdown and keep the government operational throughout the holiday season. While a more permanent solution is being debated, this spending measure will maintain current government funding for approximately two months.
The spending package was championed by House Speaker Mike Johnson and passed with a vote of 336 to 95. Only two Democrats voted against the bill, along with 93 Republicans. In the Senate, it received votes from all but 10 Republicans and one Democrat, passing on Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, expressed his satisfaction with the bipartisan cooperation that led to avoiding a government shutdown. He stated, "Obviously, the Republican-led House needed Democratic votes to avoid a shutdown, and I was pleased to see that the speaker was willing to work with Democrats and resisted the siren song of the hard right in the House. And if that continues, we can avoid further shutdowns and finish the work of funding the government."
However, the temporary spending measure did not include wartime aid for U.S. allies Israel and Ukraine. The White House has requested approximately $106 billion in aid for these nations, as Israel engages in a ground invasion of Gaza and Ukraine defends itself against neighboring Russia.
President Biden signed the bill while attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco. The announcement of the bill's signing was made late Thursday night by Biden's team, who revealed that the signing took place at the Legion of Honor Museum, where the president was hosting APEC summit attendees.