Senate Tries to Ward Off Shutdown
The Senate is working to pass a stopgap bill to avoid a shutdown, but it’s unlikely to pass in the House.
From NBC News. Senate leaders released a short-term funding bill Tuesday — with four days left to avert a government shutdown at the end of this month — to keep money flowing until Nov. 17 to give Congress more time to reach a larger agreement.
The bipartisan bill, negotiated between leaders of the Democratic majority and the Republican minority, includes about $6 billion in aid to Ukraine and $6 billion in emergency disaster relief funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It would also prevent a lapse in Federal Aviation Administration authorities through the end of the year and prevent a pay cut for federal firefighters. …
It’s unclear whether the chamber can pass it before the 12:01 a.m. Sunday deadline, as it would be likely to require unanimous consent to hold a quick vote.
Even if it does pass in time, it’s unclear whether the Republican-led House will approve it …
“A shutdown would be nothing short of a catastrophe for American families, our national security and our economy,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in a statement. …
Murray, whose office posted a summary of the legislation, added that the bill “keeps our government funded, and provides critical dollars to support communities struck by disaster and support Ukraine at a pivotal moment in its defensive efforts against Putin’s brutal, unprovoked war of aggression.”
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(Excerpt from NBC News. Photo Credit: Ian Hutchinson on Unsplash)
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