WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — The U.S. government will shut down at the end of the month unless Congress reaches a deal within the next 12 days.
A group of Republicans are now proposing a short-term funding extension to avoid a shutdown — but the proposal could be dead on arrival. Not only because the Democrats will oppose it, but also because the Republicans cannot agree among themselves.
“What most Americans don’t know is that the majority of government will operate,” said Rep. Nancy Mace (R-South Carolina), who expects a government shutdown.
Despite this, Mace downplayed the consequences of Congress’ failure to fund the government on time, saying, “I’ve talked to some federal employees who don’t really care, because they’re going to take vacation.” »
But if funding were to expire, essential government services to the public could be affected. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), a member of the House Republican leadership, said Republicans were working to avoid a shutdown, noting, “We’re in a very good position.”
Six Republicans reached a short-term deal over the weekend to fund the government through October 31.
“This includes the DOD appropriations bill,” Stefanik adds.
The proposal would maintain funding for the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs at current levels. But other government agencies could see their budgets cut by up to 8%. However, this does not include any funding for recent natural disasters or aid to Ukraine.
“As House Democrats, we will continue to try to find common ground with the other side of the aisle,” said Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York).
The short-term funding proposal is unlikely to provide the necessary middle ground, as Senate Democrats will likely reject it. Even some Republicans in the House have already expressed opposition.
“House Republicans are in the middle of a civil war,” Jeffries adds. “Civil war has the following attributes: chaos, dysfunction and extremism in the House. »
Due to Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s inability thus far to unify his own party, discussions are currently taking place on Capitol Hill among Republicans about ousting McCarthy as party leader.
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