The RightWingNuts don’t care if the Government Shuts Down…
The leaders of the House and Senate DO……
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy agree on little when it comes to federal funding. But they both seem to be on board with a stopgap spending bill, called a continuing resolution, that keeps the government open through early December.
Details: During a call with reporters Tuesday to recognize the one-year anniversary of Democrats passing the Inflation Reduction Act, Schumer said a short-term spending patch through early December “makes a good deal of sense.”
Lawmakers will return to the Capitol next month with just weeks to stave off a government shutdown on Oct. 1. The effort will require both parties to set aside vast spending and policy differences, likely settling for a bipartisan short-term funding solution that could include some emergency aid for Ukraine and disaster-affected states.
House GOP buy-in: McCarthy also told House Republicans during a conference call Monday night that any stopgap the House pursues next month to avoid a shutdown will last no later than early December, hoping to avoid the usual holiday funding crunch.
Schumer said he spoke to McCarthy in late July about the need for a stopgap when lawmakers return from recess in September.
“I thought it was a good thing that he recognized that we need a CR in September,” Schumer said Tuesday. “I’m supportive of that.”
“I just hope that House Republicans will realize that any funding solution has to be bipartisan or they’ll risk shutting down the government,” he added.
Senate spending priorities: Senate appropriators have already managed to approve all 12 of their fiscal 2024 spending bills in committee for the first time in five years, largely with bipartisan support. Schumer said he hopes to pass some of those bills on the floor in the coming months….