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House passes spending bill to avoid government shutdown: Will this end the budget standoff?

House passes spending bill to avoid government shutdown: Will this end the budget standoff?

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US House Passes Spending Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

The US House of Representatives has successfully passed a bipartisan bill in an effort to avert a government shutdown, just hours before the midnight deadline. The bill, proposed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, will now move on to the Senate for approval. If approved, this bill will provide funding for the US federal government for another 45 days, preventing a lapse in funding and potential shutdown. However, it is important to note that the bill does not include a requested $9.3 billion AUD funding for Ukraine, a key concession demanded by House Republicans.

In-Fighting and Uncertainty

The passing of this bill comes after weeks of internal conflict and in-fighting among House Republicans. Speaker McCarthy has faced threats to his job throughout the process, as he has worked towards finding a bipartisan solution and enduring resistance from hardline conservative members of his party.

However, the path forward is still uncertain, and it remains to be seen if the Senate will approve the bill and how it will be resolved. Democrats in the House have been attempting to slow down the passage of the bill, objecting to being forced to vote on a bill that was just introduced and expressing concerns over the exclusion of Ukraine aid.

House Republicans have been divided on the issue of short-term funding extension, failing to reach a consensus and rejecting a bipartisan Senate proposal. This division and lack of a clear plan raise concerns about the potential difficulties in ending a shutdown, if triggered.

The Consequences of a Shutdown

If a government shutdown were to occur, it would have significant impacts across the country, affecting various sectors, including air travel, clean drinking water, and other essential government operations. While services deemed necessary for public safety would continue running, many others would grind to a halt.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are scheduled to be in session on Saturday, just hours before the deadline. The Senate is expected to take procedural steps to move their own plan forward to keep the government funded. However, the Senate is now waiting to see how the House developments unfold before proceeding.

Border Security and Further Complications

Border security has also become a complicating factor in the Senate’s bill, with many Republicans advocating for amendments to address this issue. Senate Republicans are still discussing the kind of border amendment they wish to add to the bill. There is uncertainty surrounding the Senate’s ability to advance the bill in the procedural vote without the addition of a border amendment.

Overall, the ongoing budget standoff and the potential for a government shutdown highlight the challenges and divisions within the US Congress. Finding a resolution that satisfies both sides will require compromise, unity, and a focus on the needs of the American people.

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