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Le US Congress narrowly avoids budgetary paralysis

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The text adopted by Congress allows the government to continue financing state spending until the beginning of March.

Agence France-Presse

The US Congress adopted a long-awaited provisional budget measure for the federal government on Thursday, thus repelling the much-feared specter of a partial budgetary paralysis which would have affected several non-essential services of the administration. /p>

After the Senate earlier in the afternoon, the House of Representatives adopted this text so that the financing of several federal administrations, which was to expire Friday evening at midnight, be extended for six weeks, until 27 ;as of March 1.

The text must still be promulgated by Joe Biden, which should only be a formality.

Without this text, thousands of civil servants would be forced into technical unemployment, particularly air traffic controllers.

American elected officials were under pressure to quickly vote on this measure and thus avoid partial paralysis while Washington expects snowfall on Friday and the House of Representatives has already canceled the polls scheduled for that day.LoadingOrganizations are preparing for a mass arrival of Ukrainians by March 31

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The text adopted by Congress allows the government to continue financing state spending until the beginning of March, which gives elected officials time to agree on a long-term budget and on the details of expenses.

We have good news for America: there will be noshutdown Friday, welcomed Chuck Schumer, leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, during a speech to his colleagues.

Because both parties have worked together, the government will remain open, services will not be disrupted, we will avoid unnecessary disaster.

A quote from Chuck Schumer, Democratic Majority Leader in the Senate

The recurring inability of Congress to adopt a budget for the fiscal year [which began four months ago, Editor's note] illustrates the dysfunctions within the American institutional apparatus.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">And short-term funding measures, like the one adopted Thursday, are often used to avoid budgetary paralysis.

The text voted on Thursday was the subject of tough negotiations between Republicans, the majority in the House of Representatives, and Democrats, the majority in the Senate.

In early January, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson announced an agreement with Democrats on the total amount of the state budget for fiscal year 2024, establishing a limit federal spending to about $1.7 trillion.

The disagreement between the two parties is over spending items.

Joe Biden has made a request for $106 billion in additional budget, mainly to come in aid of Ukraine and to a lesser extent Israel.

The leaders of both parties in the Senate are advocates of support for Kiev, but a number of Republican lawmakers in the House say such support is not in the interests of the United States.

Another thorny subject: the influx of migrants at the border with Mexico. Republicans and Democrats alike agree on the existence of a crisis but differ on the response to be given.

The former wish notably a limitation of the right to asylum and a strengthening of expulsion measures.

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