The Senate unanimously passed the weeklong continuing resolution (CR) by a voice vote on Dec. 11, clearing the way to avoid a Federal government shutdown at midnight. The Senate approved the CR passed by the House of Representatives earlier in the week. The CR will now go to President Trump’s desk for final approval.

The bill had bipartisan support with no dissents. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law, a White House spokesperson told The Washington Post, avoiding a shutdown amid a pandemic.

The CR buys Congress another week to try to reach an agreement on fully funding the government for Fiscal Year 2021. The CR gives them until Dec. 18 to either reach an agreement or pass another CR.

Passage of the bill was briefly in question, but earlier Friday the Senate also passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, procedurally clearing the way for the vote.

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Lamar Johnson is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.