Friday, January 27, 2023

US lawmakers announce budget progress

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – US lawmakers announced Tuesday night that they have agreed on a budget “framework” for funding the government this fiscal year to avoid a government shutdown.

Congress has until midnight Friday to approve a spending line to prevent a partial government shutdown. The two chambers are expected to pass a short-term measure to fund public works through December 23, giving lawmakers time to complete the annual budget.

“Now the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will work around the clock to negotiate the details of the final projects for 2023, which can be approved by the House and Senate and then signed by President Biden,” Democratic Rep. Rosa Delaro announced. and head of the House Appropriations Committee.

Hours earlier, Senate leaders said lawmakers from both parties were close to a deal, but Republicans warned Democrats that the work must be done by Dec. 22 or they would support only a short-term extension until early next year. will do. This would give Republicans the power to make more decisions on the budget, as long as they have a majority in the lower house.

“We plan to go back home on the 23rd. We don’t plan to be here between Christmas and New Year’s, and if we can’t meet that deadline we’ll happily start (a resolution) in the short term.” will pass.” next year,” announced Mitch McConnell, the leader of Republicans in the Senate.

McConnell expressed confidence that Republicans would meet his priority of increasing defense spending on non-defense spending “without paying bonuses on top of what President Biden has already asked for.” He said Democrats are willing to go along with it because they passed the first two items that allow spending increases for various domestic priorities.

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