- Shortly before the deadline, the US Parliament approved a temporary solution to the budget dispute.
- The House of Representatives approved a proposal that secures funding for government services for the next 45 days.
- The proposal was introduced by Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
- The Senate also voted in favor of the temporary solution.
Republicans have a narrow majority in the House of Representatives, but depend on Democratic votes under a special rule. In the end, the result in the House of Representatives was 335 votes compared to 91 for the temporary budget.
The Senate also approved the interim budget on Saturday (local time). Now President Joe Biden must sign the law, which is considered likely.
No aid is planned for Ukraine
McCarthy’s interim budget provides money for disaster relief and border security. However, aid to Ukraine, which is under attack from Russia, is not included in the draft.
The Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives unexpectedly provided transition funding on Saturday morning (local time), putting Democrats under pressure. They were faced with the following question: government inertia or lack of aid to Ukraine? McCarthy was pushed forward by extremists in his faction.
After the vote, McCarthy had sharp words for his colleagues in the extremist party. He doesn’t want to be part of a group that jeopardizes the military’s funding. “I want to be part of the conservative group that wants to achieve something,” the Republican said. Regarding Ukraine, he said: “I find what Russia has done appalling.” But he is worried about what will happen in the long term and does not want to waste money.
Military personnel continue to work without pay
The budget period approved by the US Congress at the end of last year ends on Sunday evening. Thanks to the interim budget, it is now possible to avoid insolvency. The closure would have meant that state funding for public services was no longer guaranteed.
Many ministries and authorities have contingency plans in case of a lockdown. So most military personnel continue to work – but for now without pay. How severely the shutdown will impact daily life and the economy in the United States depends on its length.
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