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Federal Shutdown Averted Through a Stopgap Bill

With less than three hours to spare, the U.S. Senate voted shortly after 9 p.m. – EDT on Saturday night for a 45-day extension to fund the federal government through a continuing resolution (H.R. 5860). The legislation will be sent to the White House for President Joe Biden’s signature which will avert the federal shutdown that has been looming in recent days. 

The Senate took up the continuing resolution after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed the legislation.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-04), a tribal citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced H.R. 5860, the Continuing Appropriations Act, which would keep the government open until November 17. Cole supported the legislation.

“House Republicans are passing our appropriations bills to provide full funding and have already sent four bills, which would fund nearly 70 percent of the discretionary budget, to the Senate. But we cannot shut down the government in the interim and punish the American people, our service members and civilian workforce,” Cole said in a statement on Saturday afternoon after the House of Representatives passed the legislation. “This legislation would avoid that while allowing Congress to finish the job and provide critical disaster relief to Hawaii which was devastated by wildfires.” 

“Government shutdowns are not the way to govern and do not work as a negotiation tactic. I thank him for his leadership to avert a shutdown, something the previous four Republican Speakers did not do, and this body for working in a bipartisan manner for the good of the American people.”

Even though the Republicans control the House, in the end more Democrats voted to keep the government at current funding levels.

Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS-03), a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, on Thursday released  a video message reminding her colleagues of the real consequences of a government shutdown and calling for a bipartisan funding agreement.

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