By a sweeping bipartisan vote on Wednesday, the Senate sent President Donald Trump a bill to fund the government through Dec.11, averting the possibility of a government shutdown when the new fiscal year starts on Thursday.
The bills are expected to pass parliament next week, but reports said the opposition will push for an amendment to the section on forced hospitalisation following criticism that it impinges on civil liberties.
The last band of anti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university were weighing a narrowing range of options early on Wednesday as police
The outgoing Republican president’s threat, with less than a month left in office, throws into turmoil a bipartisan effort in Congress to provide help for people whose lives have been upended by the pandemic.
It aims to cushion the economic blow from a pandemic that has killed more than 660 people in the United States and sickened more than 50,000, shuttered thousands of businesses, thrown millions out of work and led states to order 100 million people to stay at home.
The unanimous vote came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far or not far enough and capped days of difficult negotiations as Washington confronted a national challenge unlike it has ever faced. The 880-page measure is the largest economic relief bill in US history.
By a lopsided vote of 81-13, well more than the two-thirds of the 100-member chamber required, the Republican-controlled Senate approved the $740.5 billion National Defense Authorisation Act to fund the military for fiscal year 2021.
The both parties came together as Republican senators joining Democrats to make its final passage in the upper chamber appear nearly certain. The action soon stalled out as opponents tried to slow the rush to approve one of President Joe Biden’s top priorities.
On being repeatedly asked by the restaurant owner Michael Zarella if he had somehow made a mistake, the diner just said “don’t spend it all in one place.”
Top US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell on Wednesday blasted President Biden's push for a voting-rights bill, underscoring the difficulty Biden's Democrats face in trying to steer legislation through a Congress they narrowly control.