The vote will keep the current state funding until February 18.

On Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate, controlled by Democrats, passed a bill to finance the government until mid-February, which prevented the risk of a partial government shutdown.

The vote (69 in favor, 28 against) leaves government funding at the current level until February 18 and gives Democratic President Joe Biden enough time to sign the bill before funding is stopped at midnight from Friday to Saturday.

Earlier on Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the federal government until mid-February. The document was immediately sent to the Senate.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted (221-212) to approve the temporary funding bill, which will be in effect until February 18. Only one Republican supported the bill.

Earlier, it was not entirely clear whether the Senate would have time to approve the document on Friday, as a small group of uncompromising Republican senators threatened to delay the bill if it was not amended, which would deprive the Biden administration of funds for mandatory vaccination of workers.

The delay in the adoption of the document could mean that hundreds of thousands of federal employees would have been sent on forced unpaid leave. It would also lead to the suspension or reduction of many federal programs.

The passage of the bill in the lower house of Congress, Senate Democratic majority leader Chuck Schumer called a good compromise, “which gives enough time for both sides in both chambers to complete negotiations on appropriations.”

Recall that Democrats hold 50 seats in the 100-seat Senate, while Vice President Kamala Harris can participate in the vote.

In turn, earlier on Thursday, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that there would be no government shutdown. However, he did not answer the question of whether Republicans would agree to act quickly to circumvent the cumbersome legislative rules of the Senate.

“We need to adopt it (the law) and we will work on it,” a senior Republican in the Senate told reporters.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized the Republicans’ actions, saying they demonstrate “irresponsibility” that Congress rejects.

The temporary spending bill retains funding for federal government operations during the COVID-19 pandemic amid concerns about a new increase in cases and the emergence of a new strain of Omicron in the United States.

The bill on temporary financing of the government is necessary because Congress has not yet approved appropriations for the new fiscal year, which began on October 1. A partial government shutdown could create political difficulties for both parties. Especially for Biden’s Democrats, who control both chambers of Congress by a minimal margin.

Congress also needs to take another extremely important decision quickly. The fact is that the federal government is approaching the $28.9 trillion borrowing ceilings, which, according to the Treasury Department, could be reached by December 15. Failure to extend the status quo or raise the borrowing ceiling on time may cause a government default, which threatens economic disaster.