The beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore remain open. Photo: P. Vankevich

With just hours to spare, the U.S. government avoided a shut down today that would have caused major disruptions, including shutting down the national parks, by passing a stopgap funding bill that allows the government to stay open for 45 days.

This gives the U.S. House and Senate more time to finish their funding legislation.

The House of Representatives voted 335-91 to fund the government through Nov. 17, with more Democrats than Republicans supporting it.

The Democratic-majority Senate voted 88-9 to pass the measure to avoid the federal government’s fourth partial shutdown in a decade, sending the bill to President Joe Biden, who signed it into law before the midnight deadline.

Federal agencies had already drawn up detailed plans that spelled out what services would continue and what must shut down.

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