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Biden signs final bill to fund government, ending shutdown fears

President Biden signed a $1.2 trillion spending package on Saturday, ending the prospect of a government shutdown after the legislation passed in a series of rushed votes in Congress with bipartisan support and landed on his desk just after 2 a.m.

The government risked being paralyzed if the measure was not promulgated before midnight Friday. But as the Senate vote moved forward at that time, the White House issued a statement saying that federal officials at the Office of Management and Budget had “ceased preparations for closure” in anticipation of the impending passage of the Senate and signature by Mr. Biden.

In a statement, the president said the approval of the measure was “good news for the American people.” But he alluded to the months of drawn-out negotiations that preceded the last-minute approvals, saying the deal was “a compromise” and “neither side got everything they wanted.”

Spending deal “rejects House Republicans' extreme cuts and expands access to child care, invests in cancer research, funds mental health and addiction care, advances leadership America abroad and provides resources to secure the border that my administration has successfully fought for. “said Mr. Biden.

THE Legislative package of 1,012 pages grouped the other six 12 annual expense invoices to fund key elements of government until September, the end of the fiscal year. It was the culmination of months of painstaking negotiations during which Congress passed four stopgap measures.

Lawmakers drafted the package Mr. Biden signed Saturday to comply with the debt and spending deal negotiated last year by then-President Kevin McCarthy and Mr. Biden. It calls for spending on domestic programs to be kept essentially stable.

Far-right Republicans in the House opposed the bill, which received bipartisan support. After its passage was almost certain, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, began the process of calling a vote to oust President Mike Johnson. In the end, more than half of Republicans voted against the spending measure, and it passed by a vote of 286 to 134. The Senate tally was more lopsided, with 74 votes for and 24 against.

Both Democrats and Republicans highlighted their victories in the final legislation. Republicans cited as victories funding for 2,000 new Border Patrol agents, additional detention beds run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and a provision cutting off aid to key authorities. United Nations agency that provides assistance to Palestinians. Democrats, including Mr. Biden, secured increased funding for federal child care and education programs, as well as cancer and Alzheimer's research.

Mr. Biden noted that two important pieces of legislation were still pending in Congress: a border security deal and a foreign aid program that would provide weapons to Israel and Ukraine. Senate approved foreign aid measure in bipartisan vote last monthbut he encountered hostility from Republicans in the House.

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