Congress has now averted a government shutdown by passing a stop-gap bill.
The Senate has passed a two-day continuing resolution to keep the government funded as Covid relief negotiations continue. The resolution passed by voice vote.
The two-day continuing resolution was passed by the House earlier Friday evening.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday in a floor speech that “as of right now we have not yet reached a final agreement, regretfully."
"I believe all sides feel we're making good progress on a major relief bill… But, alas, we are not there yet. But, alas, we are not there yet. Given that our urgent task is to pass a stopgap government funding measure, there’s no reason why the federal government funding should lapse while we hammer out our remaining difference," he said,
Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has been pushing for $1,200 stimulus checks along with GOP Sen. Josh Hawley, spoke on the floor, saying, "I will object to any attempt by the Senate to pass an omnibus appropriations bill and leave town before passing a Covid relief bill with substantial direct payments going to working people."
But Sanders said, "Let us get this package passed. Let's make certain that we have direct payments to working families and with that I will withdraw my objection."