US House aiming to approve spending bill to prevent government shutdown over the weekend

by | Mar 6, 2024

On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will make an attempt to pass legislation funding a significant portion of the federal government for the fiscal year that commenced in October. This effort comes amidst another potential threat of a partial shutdown.

If the House and the Democratic-majority Senate fail to pass this package of six spending bills and then send them to Biden, federal worker furloughs and the suspension of certain agency operations would commence on Saturday when stop-gap funding expires.

This collection of bills, spanning 1,050 pages, is designed to sustain operations across major federal bureaucracies such as the departments of Agriculture, Justice, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. It also encompasses construction projects at military bases and veteran care services.

House Speaker Mike Johnson faces a narrow 219-213 majority in the Republican-controlled chamber. He will likely need Democratic support to secure passage and send the legislation to the Senate, which aims to take action on Thursday or Friday.

Late on Tuesday, the House Freedom Caucus urged fellow Republicans to reject the bill, asserting in a statement that it would exceed spending caps set last June and defer action on almost every Republican policy objective. Most of its members rarely support spending bills.

The caucus advocates for substantially greater spending reductions, especially with the national debt nearing $34.5 trillion.

The House is expected to vote on the bill at approximately 3:30 EST.

Source: Reuters

 

 

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