Washington: Federal government shutdown has finally been averted as the US Congress voted Friday to keep the federal government open. But this is a temporary measure and the voting will avert the shutdown for merely a week.
Nonetheless, this is a major step and will allow the White House and the Congress to come out with a broader deal to fund agencies through September. The House voted 382-30, allowing the federal government and its agencies to function till May 5 Friday morning.
The major differences were set aside during the Congressional voting. The latest development didn’t touch controversial issue like funding for a border wall. The Congress approved the fund meant to provide subsidies for low income Americans as part of Obamacare.
The fact that controversial aspects were removed from it ensured that Lawmakers cleared the measure easily. Later President Donald Trump signed it with just hours to spare before the shutdown deadline at midnight. It should be kept in mind that Trump administration has been humiliated on its healthcare stance. House leaders are still short of votes for the revised health bill, though they could bring it to the floor next week if they find the support they need. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the plan was to pass the bill “as soon as possible.”
Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, while talking about the development said, “Today’s measure shows the American people that we are making a good-faith effort to keep our government open…While this is not ideal, I support this effort to provide our colleagues with more time to reach a final agreement on legislation to fund the government through the fiscal year.” While it was easy to ensure the funding for federal agencies for the next one week, things will not be as easy in the coming days. Lawmakers are expected to discuss and pass a $1 trillion package financing the government through Sept. 30, the end of the 2017 fiscal year. They will take up this issue next week.