The U.S. Senate has voted to approve a stopgap spending bill that will keep the federal government funded through Dec. 9. The House of Representatives was expected to vote on the bill late Wednesday, and President Barack Obama has indicated he will sign it.

Approval of a spending bill before Oct. 1 would allow the federal government to avoid a shutdown.

Four immigration programs – the Non-minister Special Immigrant Religious Workers Program, the Conrad 30 Waiver Program, the EB-5 Regional Center Immigrant Investor Program and the H-2B Returning Worker Program – were among those that were set to expire Sept. 30, at the end of the 2016 fiscal year, without Congressional reauthorization.

BAL Analysis: BAL continues to follow events in Washington, will review the text of the final budget legislation and report on any significant impacts the legislation will have on the programs listed above or other immigration programs.

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