The bill passed the previous day in a bipartisan vote in the House and Senate.
Government funding was due to expire at midnight, but Democratic congressional leaders controlling both chambers of Congress expressed confidence that the government would remain open.
“Some good news – today the Senate will pass an ongoing resolution that eliminates the possibility of a government shutdown tonight,” Schumer said in a floor comment Thursday morning.
The majority leader said that in addition to funding the government until December, the Stopgap Bill would “provide funding to assist in the processing and resettlement of Afghan refugees and ultimately provide serious disaster assistance to Americans affected by storms and fires this summer.”
Congressional Democrats initially tried to address government funding issues in addition to funding limits, a strategy that failed Republicans in the Senate who insisted that Democrats must work alone on limitations.
In passing a “clean” stopgap bill to stop the shutdown, lawmakers quickly pushed the issue of the key limit to a more important deadline.
Democrats have the option of raising their own the limit by using a process known as budget reconciliation, but they have argued that the route is highly risky and will cause a default risk, not specifying how unclear it will be.
This story and headline was updated on Thursday to reflect additional developments.