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House rejects GOP-drafted spending bill as shutdown looms

The House of Representatives rejected a Republican-drafted attempt at a short-term spending bill that would have kept the federal government from shutting down, making it far more likely that federal employees would be furloughed or forced to work without pay and without many government programs. will be closed at the end of the fiscal year, September 30 at midnight.

The bill would have provided a 31-day extension of government funding while enacting massive cuts to domestic programs and new immigration restrictions that Democrats opposed.

Although it won the support of most members of Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s Republican conference, enough members of the party’s rightmost flank defected and joined Democrats to condemn the measure by a margin of 198-232.

The failure to pass what was supposed to be a party-line bill, even though it has no chance of winning approval in the Democratic-controlled Senate, is a major setback for Mr. McCarthy’s efforts to avoid being blamed for letting the federal government run. no more money Saturday night.

The California Republican has so far refused to allow the House to vote on a compromise measure that would keep the government open until mid-November and give lawmakers more time to work on spending bills for fiscal year 2024, because such a bill, known as a continuing resolution, would require votes from House Democrats to pass.

A small group of hardline Republicans have vowed to oust Mr. McCarthy if he allows a short-term spending bill to become law, particularly if he allows a bill that would gain support from both left to reach the floor of the House.

Instead, they insisted that Mr. McCarthy prioritize the passage of each of the 12 spending bills that the House is supposed to complete by September 30 each year, three of which successfully passed Start of the week. But none of these bills have any chance of passing the Senate or being signed into law by President Joe Biden.

One of the Republicans who joined Democrats in defeating the McCarthy-endorsed measure, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, said: The independent that the bill’s failure shows that “the House has proven two things.”

“We have the ability to pass single-subject spending bills…and the House has also proven that it cannot pass a continuing resolution that reverts to the old ways of Washington, the same methods that have is leading this country to sit atop a $33 trillion debt with a $2 trillion annual deficit,” he said.

He added: “My only goal is to pass our single-subject spending bills. The speaker’s continuing resolve caught fire, as I’ve been telling you all week. The House of Representatives can pass single-subject spending bills, we will not pass a continuing resolution under conditions that perpetuate America’s decline.”

Mr. Gaetz also said he was “calling on the Senate to immediately proceed” with the spending bills passed by the House earlier this week, even though senators from both parties indicated they would not support the measures passed. by the House.

The standoff between Mr. McCarthy and the small group of House Republicans has paralyzed the lower chamber and angered the White House and the Senate’s two party leaders, both of whom have called for a measure to be passed. provisional so that both chambers can work fully. financing invoices for several years.

Biden administration officials have criticized Mr. McCarthy for reneging on an agreement reached several months ago during a previous standoff over the government’s statutory debt ceiling.

While Mr. McCarthy has tried to shift blame to Mr. Biden and demanded that the president renegotiate his earlier deal so that it would be accepted by the small number of right-wing House members who have threatened his presidency, the House Blanche has so far hesitated while insisting. that the Republican leader honors his word.

In an interview with National Public Radio on Friday, White House chief of staff Jeff Zients said there was “no need” to meet with the president and president.

“The meeting that needs to take place is in the House of Representatives – where House Republicans meet and fund the government,” he said.

Mr. Zients added that he did not think a shutdown would harm the economy as long as any credit shortfalls were ended quickly.

“We believe the economy is strong and as long as Republicans in the House of Representatives do their job, the economy will be fine and the government will function,” he said.


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