Facing a midnight deadline, the U.S. Senate Wednesday approved an emergency one-month extension of current funding levels for the federal
The extension is necessary because lawmakers have been unable to complete work on the 12-must pass spending bills required to keep the various arms
of the federal government running each year.
With the federal government's fiscal year in its waning hours, all non- essential parts of the government would have been required to shut
down at midnight had the extension not been agreed to.
Even with the one-month extension, Congress still has considerable work to do to finish setting the funding levels of individual government
The Senate still must agree to the majority of its versions of the spending bills, and then lawmakers from the House and Senate must agree to iron out
any differences between their versions of the bills.
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