Late Friday night, the Senate passed the stopgap spending bill that the House had passed earlier in the week which will keep the federal government funded until April 2017. Senate Democrats had stalled a vote on the bill, citing concerns over coal miners who are poised to lose their pensions and healthcare benefits absent government action. Enough Senators dropped the opposition to permit the continuing resolution to pass with a 63 to 36 vote. The House had already recessed at the time of the vote, meaning that there would be no way to negotiate further if the Senate failed to act, and the government would have shut down.
The continuing resolution will expire on April 28th, several months into the new presidential administration and Congressional session, at which time we may see a longer-term spending authorization.