WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden approved a stopgap spending bill on Friday, preventing a partial government shutdown from taking place this month. 

The bill extends the budget deadline to March 1 and March 8, giving Congress until then to reach an agreement. 

The vote follows weeks of debate, with certain hard-lined House Republicans blaming Speaker Mike Johnson for conducting bipartisan negotiations, believing that a shutdown should be endured until a final budget decision is made. 

While Republicans voted to oust the previous House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for making similar concessions last year,  it appears unlikely they will attempt to remove Johnson from his leadership position at this time.  

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