Friday, October 1

Both chambers of Congress passed a stopgap funding bill Thursday to keep the government running through December 6. The measure does not include raising the debt ceiling. President Joe Biden privately signed the bill Thursday evening before the fiscal deadline was reached at midnight.

The president issued a statement that said, “Tonight I signed the continuing resolution to fund our government through December. It funds critical needs like our COVID-19 response, resettling our Afghan allies, and disaster assistance — and gives us more time to pass longer-term funding and deliver for the American people.”

Congress included $29 billion in disaster relief for states recovering from damages due to Hurricane Ida and allotted $6 billion for the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan.

Speaker Pelosi celebrated the passage of the continuing resolution, though she was unable to obtain enough support to bring the infrastructure bill or budget legislation to a floor vote as she had planned. The speaker said, “Discussions continue with the House, Senate, and White House to reach a bicameral framework agreement to Build Back Better through a reconciliation bill.”

President Biden has no public events scheduled for today at this time.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president and his advisors as they negotiate with Congressional leaders.
  • For members of the House as they consider President Biden’s legislation and agenda items.
  • For wisdom for senators as they evaluate the president’s nominees for positions in the administration and assess the spending bills.

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