In a rare sign of unity, members of Congress and the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama have agreed to enact a continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating from Oct. 1 to March 31, Space Policy Online reports. 

The agreement funds the U.S. government at $1.05 trillion, the level agreed upon in the Budget Control Act last year. It does nothing to avert the automatic cuts that would take place under sequestration if a long-term budget deal is not reached by Jan. 2.

A continuing resolution is needed because Congress has failed to pass a regular appropriations bill for fiscal 2013. The House has approved seven bills, but the Senate has not passed any.