Both houses of Congress passed the legislation on Thursday to avoid a short-term government shutdown.
U.S. President Joe Biden has signed into law A bill that will fund the government The White House stated that until February 18, to avoid the risk of closing the legislation after some Republicans object to the vaccine authorization.
in a statement On Friday, the White House thanked congressional leaders for their work to pass the bill.
However, earlier in the day, Biden stated that while the two-party cooperation is commendable, “providing funds for the government is not a great achievement-it is the minimum work that needs to be done.”
Both houses of Congress passed the legislation on Thursday to avoid a short-term government shutdown.It keeps the federal government running for another 11 weeks, usually maintaining current spending levels, while increasing aid by $7 billion Afghan evacuees.
“I’m very happy that in the end, a cool head prevailed. The government will remain open, and I thank members of this House for bringing us back from the edge of an avoidable, unnecessary, and costly shutdown,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Say.
The vote in the Senate and the House of Representatives took place amid intense party debates over the authorization of the coronavirus vaccine—at a time when officials expressed concern about the potential spread of the virus. Omicron coronavirus variant domestic.
On Thursday, Biden announced a new plan to prevent the virus from coming back, including the creation of vaccines, including booster injections, and making it easier for Americans to test for the coronavirus at home.
Biden said: “Experts say that in the coming weeks of this winter, COVID-19 cases will continue to increase, so we need to be prepared.”
Authorities have chased Vaccine requirements For several groups of workers, this effort is facing legal setbacks. The court has revoked some authorizations, including a ruling this week, prohibiting the enforcement of requirements for some medical workers in 10 states in the United States.
Earlier, the Federal Court of Appeals temporarily suspended the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s request, which would affect employers with 100 or more workers.
There is still time to get the first shot, booster shot, or vaccinate your child before Christmas. vaccination.
-Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 30, 2021
The government has also formulated policies that require millions of federal employees and federal contractors, including the military, to be fully vaccinated. These efforts have also been challenged.
Some Republicans who oppose the Biden vaccine rule want Congress to take a hard line on the mandatory measures imposed by workers in large companies, even if it means closing federal offices over the weekend and refusing to expedite the final vote on the spending bill.
A poll conducted by the Associated Press showed that Americans are divided on Biden’s efforts to vaccinate workers. Democrats support the majority while most Republicans oppose it.