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Partial Shutdown Averted

The US Senate, by a vote of 75-22, passed a $460B package of six spending bills to fund a group of federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, avoiding a partial government shutdown hours before a midnight deadline. The measure passed the House earlier this week by a vote of 339-85. 

The package provides funding for agriculture, energy, housing, transportation, veterans, and other programs while making cuts to other lines, including the FBI and the Environmental Protection Agency. Congress has another two weeks until March 22 to pass a second tranche of six spending bills to fund other parts of the federal government, including the military and homeland security, through Sept. 30. See a breakdown of 2024 federal spending so far here.

In other Capitol news, former US Rep. George Santos announced he is running in the GOP primary in New York’s 1st Congressional District. Santos, who was expelled from Congress last year, faces a September trial for 23 federal charges, including money laundering and identity theft.

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