Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Senate, House expected to pass measures to avoid federal government shutdown

30 September (WNN) — The House and Senate are expected to vote by December on a measure to re-supply the federal government with money, and to avoid shutdowns beginning at midnight on Thursday.

Senate Democrats said on Wednesday they were working on an ongoing proposal to fund the government for an additional few weeks. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said late Wednesday he expected an early vote.

“We have an agreement on this [resolution] — Continued resolution to stop government shutdown — and we must vote on that [Thursday] morning,” he said according to CNN.

On Wednesday, Democrats in Congress indicated they would separate the proposal from raising the US debt limit — which nearly all Republicans have opposed — to strike a deal and avoid closure.

It is because the two issues are tied together that this week the threat of shutdown remains.

After the Senate passes the measure, it will be sent to the House and then to the desk of President Joe Biden. Biden canceled his trip to Chicago on Wednesday to stay in Washington, D.C., to avoid the shutdown and work on debt limit negotiations to facilitate a deal.

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Schumer said the funding proposal would also provide emergency assistance for US disaster relief and Afghan refugee resettlement.

“Tomorrow, the Senate will provide long-sought emergency funding to help Americans reeling from natural disasters and to resettle Afghan refugees,” he tweeted.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was confident Wednesday that the lower house would quickly pass a stopgap bill to fund the government if sent from the Senate. The White House said Biden would quickly sign off on a measure to allow federal employees to work beyond Thursday.

The urgency to avoid federal shutdowns has forced Democrats to take some leverage on a proposal to raise the debt limit — something that must be done within the next few weeks or the US government could start defaulting on some of its own. debt obligations.

After reaching a deal with Republicans, Schumer urged them to help prevent a default on American loans, something that has never happened before.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told lawmakers last week that she expects the government to start defaulting on payments before Congress has to raise the debt limit by October 18, making borrowing more expensive and more difficult.

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