US avoids government shutdown

The US Congress has passed a spending bill to avert a government shutdown, but a potential debt default still looms.

Lawmakers approved on Thursday a stopgap funding measure to keep the government running through December 3rd. They had faced a midnight deadline before funding ran out.

Concerns were growing over a shutdown amid a confrontation between Democrats and Republicans. The standoff is over a massive spending bill proposed by the administration of President Joe Biden.

But congress faces another crucial deadline.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned that if the debt ceiling is not raised by October 18, the US may face a crisis.

Republicans say they will not support a debt limit hike as long as the Biden administration and Democrats stick to the ambitious spending plan.