Congress says its wants to avoid a shutdown. But the House and Senate are moving even further apart.
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With a possible government shutdown days away, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is working to shore up support for the latest Republican plan to prevent it. (Sept. 25)Videos
BY LISA MASCARO AND STEPHEN GROVESUpdated 7:15 PM MST, September 26, 2023Share
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congress is starkly divided over very different paths to preventing a federal shutdown — the Senate charging ahead with a bipartisan package to temporarily fund the government but the House slogging through a longshot effort with no real chance of finishing by Saturday’s deadline.
With days remaining before a federal closure, the stakes are rising with no resolution at hand.
A shutdown would furlough millions of federal employees, leave the military without pay, disrupt air travel and cut off vital safety net services, and it would be politically punishing to lawmakers whose job it is to fund government.
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“A deal is a deal,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “This is for them to fix.”
Late Tuesday, the Senate pushed ahead in sweeping bipartisan fashion to break the stalemate, advancing a temporary measure, called a continuing resolution, or CR, to keep government running through Nov. 17. It would maintain funding at current levels with a $6 billion boost for Ukraine and $6 billion for U.S. disaster relief, among other provisions.
It’s on track for Senate approval later this week but faces long odds in the House.