Congress voted mid-day Friday (April 28) to put off for one week the threat of a partial government shutdown that otherwise would have begun on Saturday.
Both the House and Senate quickly approved a measure that generally continues funding for government programs at their current levels through May 5, as a stepping stone toward a planned follow-up measure that would cover the remainder of the current fiscal year.
A “continuing resolution” that had funded most of the government since the start of the current fiscal year last October 1 had been due to expire at midnight on Friday, leading to a showdown over issues including border security and health care funding. Although Republicans control both chambers of Congress, some Democratic votes are needed on budgetary issues due to divisions within the GOP.
While terms of a compromise have been generally agreed on, leaders concluded that they would be unable to complete the specifics before Friday’s deadline and produced the extension—but in the process essentially only put off the shutdown threat by a week.
There is a general consensus that the long-term proposal will be enacted before the new deadline May 5, although there always remains an element of uncertainty in such situations.