U.S. lawmakers on Thursday averted a government shutdown this week by passing a new funding extension to keep federal operations running for two more weeks, in the hopes of reaching a broader budget consensus before Christmas.

The measure, which passed mostly along party lines in the House (235-193) and with little debate in the Senate (81-14), ensures that Defense Department operations and other federal programs won’t be disrupted this weekend. A previous continuing resolution on the budget was set to expire Friday night, forcing the short-term legislative action.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain was a notable “no.” McCain, R-Ariz., has railed against stopgap funding, and budget instability more broadly, for wreaking havoc on the military.

“Every day we spend on a Continuing Resolution is a day that our military must try to do more with less, modernization is delayed, and readiness is degraded,” he said in a statement.

Source: US Congress avoids government shutdown, at least for two more weeks



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