Government shutdown


In this Sept. 24, 2021 photo, President Joe Biden listens during the Quad summit in the East Room of the White House. President Joe Biden's popularity has slumped — with half of Americans now approving and half disapproving of his leadership. That's according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden signs bill avoiding government shutdown

Joe Biden signed the stopgap bill, in turn, avoiding a government shutdown. The legislation reached Biden’s desk just hours before the shutdown deadline Thursday night. Government programs and agencies will now be funded through December 3.


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber for a test vote on a government spending bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate votes against suspending debt limit

Republicans fulfilled their promise to block a Senate vote on the debt ceiling. On Monday, a procedural vote to advance consideration of a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through December 3 while suspending the debt limit failed as a potential shutdown looms.