US one step away from averting government Shut down

on unpaid leave, including members of the armed forces, air traffic control and those working in childcare centres.

The deal agreed on by Republicans and Democratic senators includes aid to Ukraine in the war against invading Russian forces, in addition to US disaster assistance.

Mr McCarthy has been constrained by hard-right Republicans and had refused – until now – to put a bill to the full House, including the Senate bill.

Instead, he tried and failed to get agreement on a Republican-drafted short-term spending bill on Friday, with 232 votes against the measure and 198 in favour.

More than a dozen of the most hardline Republican representatives voted against its passage.