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The US Congress narrowly avoids a budgetary paralysis of the country

Photo: Mariam Zuhaib Associated Press The text adopted by Congress allows the government to continue financing state spending until the beginning of March.

Frankie Taggart – Agence France-Presse in Washington

6:30 p.m.

  • United States

The US Congress on Thursday adopted a much-anticipated interim budget measure for the federal government, thus repelling the much-feared specter of shutdown, a partial budgetary paralysis which would have affected several non-essential services of the administration.

After the Senate earlier in the afternoon, the House of Representatives adopted the text to extend funding for several federal administrations, which was due to expire Friday evening at midnight, for six weeks, until March 1 .

The text must still be promulgated by Joe Biden, a formality.

Without this text, thousands of civil servants would be forced into technical unemployment, particularly air traffic controllers.

American elected officials were under pressure to quickly vote on this measure and thus avoid this famous partial shutdown , while Washington expects falls of snow on Friday and that the House of Representatives has already canceled the polls scheduled for that day.

The text adopted by Congress allows the government to continue financing state spending until the beginning of March, which gives elected officials time to agree on a long-term budget and the details of spending.

“We have good news for America: there will be no shutdown Friday,” said Chuck Schumer , leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, during a speech to his colleagues.

“Because both parties have worked together, the government will remain open, services will not be interrupted, we will avoid unnecessary disaster,” he added.

Aid to Ukraine

The recurring inability of Congress to adopt a budget for the fiscal year (which began four months ago) illustrates the dysfunctions within the American institutional apparatus.

And financing measures adopted for a short period of time, like the one adopted Thursday, are often used to avoid budgetary paralysis.

The text voted on Thursday was the subject of tough negotiations between Republicans, the majority in the lower house, and Democrats, the majority in the upper house.

At the beginning of January, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, announced an agreement with the Democrats on the total amount of the state budget for the 2024 fiscal year, establishing a limit of federal spending at approximately $1.7 trillion.

The disagreement between the two parties concerns expenditure items.

Joe Biden thus formulated a request for an additional $106 billion in the budget, mainly to help Ukraine, and to a lesser extent Israel.

Leaders of both parties in the Senate are proponents of supporting Kiev, but a number of House Republicans say such support is not in the U.S. interest. Unis.

Another thorny subject: the influx of migrants at the border with Mexico. Republicans and Democrats alike agree on the existence of a crisis, but differ on the response to be made. The former particularly wish to limit the right to asylum and strengthen expulsion measures.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116