The US Senate has approved a government spending bill that will allow federal agencies to continue working. Otherwise, the federal government would shut down in a few hours.
The bill was sent to President Donald Trump, who signed it.
The passage of the bill by an overwhelming majority (84 in favor, 10 against) demonstrates the desire of both parties to maintain government funding in the face of a global pandemic that has increased the dependence of many Americans on the federal government.
The bill passed hours before midnight when the annual spending bill expired, leaving federal agencies with no money to continue working. It extends government funding until December 11, a date that will come a month after the elections.