The Senate passed a consolidated bill on Friday to fund a part of the federal government for the 2024 fiscal year, which partially completes the appropriations process that has been delayed since Sept. 30, 2023.

Congress has passed four continuing resolutions since the new fiscal year began to avert a government shutdown amid an inability of the Senate and House of Representatives to agree on the contents of 12 permanent appropriations bills for the year. Leaders of both party caucuses in both houses announced a deal on Feb. 28 to pass two consolidated bills, known as “minibus” bills, comprising six appropriations bills each — the first of which passed the House on Wednesday and was, then, passed by the Senate by a vote of  75 yeas to 22 nays, according to The Hill.

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