The House passed an emergency stopgap measure to ensure essential infrastructure would maintain funding. On Friday night, the House passed the Surface Transportation Extension Act in a 365 to 51 vote.
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.
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.
The 45th president has called on congressional Republicans to stop Democrats from passing their spending packages. Donald Trump released a statement Monday, noting the Democrat proposed so-called infrastructure bill allocates only 11 percent to actual infrastructure.