[Fox News] Biden signs stopgap funding bill, pushing shutdown deadline one week

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President Biden signed a funding measure on Friday that was agreed upon by congressional leaders and passed in both the House and Senate, once again averting a government shutdown. 

Biden signed H.R. 7463, a funding bill titled “Extension of Continuing Appropriations and Other Matters Act, 2024,” which extends the March 1 funding deadline for the first slate of appropriations bills by one week, pushing it to March 8. 

Those bills will head to the House and Senate for votes in the next week. 

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The funding bill also moves the second deadline for a second slate of bills to March 22. 

However, the second group of appropriations measures still need to be finalized and agreed upon before heading to the floor for votes. 

“We are in agreement that Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to fund our government,” House Speaker Mike Johnson R-La., Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries D-N.Y., said in a joint statement on Wednesday, along with House Appropriations Committee Chair Kay Granger, R-Texas, House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Susan Collins, R-Maine.

The stopgap bill is the fourth such measure enacted to avoid a government shutdown since the original September 30 deadline for appropriations bills. 

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