The Senate passed the state funding bill on an interim basis, submitting it to President Joe Biden at the table shortly before the deadline.
The measure, passed by a vote of 65-27, will allow the government to function until March 11th. Congress had to approve the spending plan by Friday.
Lawmakers hope to buy enough time to pass a law that will fund bill government operations until September. 30. Earlier this month, representatives announced an agreement on a long-term use plan.
They will have to negotiate a budget and pass the law before the next closing date in three weeks.
A state shutdown could lead to other union employees and the suspension of certain services. They can also wreak havoc on the economy.
Congress has kept the lights on with a series of stops since September. Lawmakers have often implemented ongoing agreements that provide the government with funding for approved initiatives for a set period, in recent years when they disagree on a two-year implementation plan.
Washington has expressed reluctance to risk closure during the midterm elections and at a time when the United States is trying to prevent a possible Russian entry into Ukraine.
The Senate passed the bill before it was postponed for a week.