RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Congress has passed a bill this week to fund the government beyond the October 1st deadline.
Lawmakers will now have to deal with several pressing issues in the next month to avoid a shutdown before the holidays.
The Senate approved a plan to continue funding federal government programs until late November by a vote of 81 to 16.
This stop-gap effort to keep the government from running out of money on Monday was met with resistance from some Senate Republicans.
The Senate passed the temporary spending bill because Congress has not been able to agree on a full budget for the new fiscal year beginning October 1st.