The government will continue to function without a shutdown, at least for a little longer thanks to a second stop gap measure being passed.
The Senate now has more time to iron out issues and to vote on passing the $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill.
This latest vote has given the government a cushion to try and avoid the possible government shutdown which has been scheduled to take place at midnight tonight when the current funding bill expires.
According to Fox News, it’s still unknown whether the House measure, passed by a voice vote while the chamber was virtually empty, will be needed. Senate leaders say they hope to wrap up action on the omnibus budget bill quickly but say that goal is looking less attainable.
Washington woke up yesterday to “Fallout Friday,” with liberal Democrats openly showing their outrage at President Barack Obama while the Republicans have lashed out at House Speaker John Boehner.
Fox News considers the surprise beneficiary in this latest political conundrum could be Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a relative newcomer to the Senate but looking more and more like the liberal Democratic answer to who might challenge Hillary Clinton for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, told Fox News that he hopes to wrap up all the debate as soon as possible but he was realistic about the potential problems that lay ahead in passing the spending bill.
“We’re going to consider this legislation to keep our government open and funded and we’re going to do it today – I hope.
“There isn’t much time… government funding runs out on Saturday at midnight.”
The House almost approved the spending budget earlier in the week as both sides of the political spectrum work to come to some sort of agreement in a bid to avoid another shutdown which would effect many Americans.
“We will not have a government shutdown,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., pledged.
Current government funding technically ran out on Thursday, but lawmakers late Thursday approved a stopgap measure to keep the government running through midnight Saturday as the Senate considers the main $1.1 trillion spending package. That debate could last through the weekend and potentially into Monday according to Fox News.