New York, NY—On the brink of a federal government shutdown, the House and Senate on Saturday swiftly approved and passed a 45-day stopgap funding bill to keep federal agencies open.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“Yesterday, both Houses stood strong in support of a national agenda that rejected the extremist policies of a small faction of MAGA Republicans who tried to hold our country hostage for their own political gain. We thank Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries for passing a clean Stopgap Funding Continuing Resolution and President Biden for signing it into law. While we celebrate this important step, the bill falls short of allocating funding to extend some refugee benefits to Ukrainian parolees who arrived via the Uniting for Ukraine program after September 30, leaving a critical gap in providing essential support for individuals awaiting the start of their journey toward freedom and integration within our country. Now it’s time for Washington to get back to work to pass the appropriations bills that fund the supportive services needed to keep our government working and American families safe and healthy."