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House passes bill to fund govt. through February

Randy Mancini 18 December 2, 2021
The sun sets at the the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, with the deadline to fund the government approaching. Republicans in the Senate are poised to stall a must-pass funding bill as they force a debate on rolling back the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandates for some workers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The sun sets at the the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, with the deadline to fund the government approaching. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The House has passed a bill to extend government funding through Feb. 18.

The measure passed on Thursday and is now headed to the Senate where it faces a partisan battle. Some Senate Republicans have indicated they will push for a shutdown in an effort to fight Joe Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandate. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters he’s hoping the bill will pass through the upper chamber by Thursday night.

U.S. House PASSES CR funding government through February 18, 2022, 221-212.

Goes now to the U.S. Senate.

Current spending authority expires Friday at Midnight ET. pic.twitter.com/HGANxhoOCF

— CSPAN (@cspan) December 2, 2021

In the meantime, Biden said he doesn’t believe a government shutdown will happen this weekend.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Biden suggested there wouldn’t be a federal shutdown unless somebody decides to do something erratic. This comes after lawmakers in the House agreed on a bill that would fund government agencies until Feb. 18.

While Biden seems confident a shutdown won’t happen, again, a few Republican senators have threatened to not support the measure unless they are able to vote on defunding COVID-19 vaccine mandates on businesses.

Lawmakers in the Senate have a deadline of midnight on Friday to take action.

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