Senate to pass 9-week funding patch to thwart shutdown

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The Senate is slated to pass a stopgap spending bill Thursday afternoon that would prevent a government shutdown come midnight and punt the funding cliff into early December.

The chamber is expected to vote on the nine-week patch around lunchtime, sending the measure to the House, which is expected to clear the bill for President Joe Biden’s signature with mere hours to spare before cash stops flowing to federal agencies.

The continuing resolution would keep spending levels static for both the military and non-defense programs, buying Congress until Dec.

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