President Joe Biden signed the funding bill which includes $6.3 billion in funding for Afghan refugee resettlement among other critical and urgent needs of the United States.
“Tonight, I signed into law the continuing resolution to fund the government through early December. I want to thank both houses of Congress—especially Senators Leahy and Shelby and Representatives DeLauro and Granger—for this bipartisan agreement, and for avoiding a government shutdown as we have seen so often in the past,” Biden said in a statement late on Thursday night.
Biden further added that funding meets critical and urgent needs of the nation, including disaster relief for both red and blue states hit hard by Hurricane Ida and other devastating natural disasters, and funding to help resettle Afghan allies in the United States following the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
He also added that the funding will also keep up our fight against COVID-19 and—on this International Recovery Day—it will continue our battle against the opioid crisis. “There’s so much more to do. But the passage of this bill reminds us that bipartisan work is possible and it gives us time to pass longer-term funding to keep our government running and delivering for the American people.”
The United States evacuated over 120,000 Afghans during the evacuation mission which ended with the completion of U.S. military withdrawal on 30th August.
Meanwhile, efforts are underway to evacuate thousands more Afghans who assisted the U.S. military and government in the last 20 years.