The extension, which passed by unanimous consent and was approved by the House on Friday night, now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.
The effects of the lapse in funding were already felt Friday. Nearly 4,000 federal employees were off the job because Congress failed to extend funding, a Transportation Department spokesperson told CNN earlier Friday.
The furloughs impact “approximately 3700” employees, the spokesperson said, adding the administration was “continuing to work closely with Congress to swiftly reauthorize surface transportation programs.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delayed a vote on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill after progressives rebelled, potentially delaying consideration until Democrats strike an agreement on separate, much larger social safety net and climate legislation.
In a Dear Colleague letter released Saturday morning, Pelosi reinforced the decision by Democratic leaders this week to delay the vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill to work on the economic bill progressives want.
“Yesterday, we extended the Thursday, September 30th legislative day to Friday, pushing to passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework and to advance Build Back Better. But more time was needed to reach our goal of passing both bills, which we will,” she wrote.
Pelosi wrote in the letter Congress needs to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by October 31 before the extension for funding for surface transportation runs out.
“There is an October 31st Surface Transportation Authorization deadline, after last night’s passage of a critical 30-day extension. We must pass BIF well before then — the sooner the better, to get the jobs out there,” she wrote.
This story has been updated with additional information.
CNN’s Gregory Wallace, Melanie Zanona and Kristin Wilson contributed to this report.