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Politics House Democrats unveil a stopgap spending bill that Republicans oppose, raising the risks of a government shutdown at the end of September

21:26  21 september  2020
21:26  21 september  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

Congressional leaders clash on measure to sidestep election-year shutdown

  Congressional leaders clash on measure to sidestep election-year shutdown The House could vote next week on the continuing resolution to fund the government.Republicans have pushed for a Dec. 18 end date for the stopgap, which would tee up a spending standoff during a lame-duck session of Congress, possibly in the middle of a presidential transition. Democrats have wanted to extend government funding until Feb. 26 — a more advantageous end date if they seize control of both chambers this fall.

House Democrats unveiled their stopgap plan to keep the government funded past the end of September , omitting key priorities both parties sought. The 104-page bill aims to maintain federal spending levels until Dec. 11, when Congress would have to pass another spending plan.

Democrats proposed a spending bill that omitted aid for farmers sought by President Trump, drawing Republican ire and leaving the fate of the bill WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders clashed on Monday over a stopgap spending bill to stave off a government shutdown at the end of the month

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  • House Democrats unveiled a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open past Oct. 1.
  • It omits both farm aid — a Republican priority — but it also excludes food assistance for children during the pandemic, a measure Democrats sought.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he opposed the plan, raising the risks of a government shutdown.
  • The plan aims to keep the government funded until Dec. 11, when Congress would have to pass another spending bill.
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House Democrats unveiled their stopgap plan to keep the government funded past the end of September, omitting key priorities both parties sought.

House Democrats plan to unveil bill next week to avert shutdown

  House Democrats plan to unveil bill next week to avert shutdown Congressional leaders and the White House struggled to finalize a stopgap spending bill on Friday to avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1 and keep agencies funded into December.House Democrats had planned to introduce legislation on Friday that would fund the government through Dec. 11, according to two aides. But the bill is now expected to be unveiled on Monday with both parties still finalizing details.The main hangups have included the expiration date and aid for farmers who've been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.

In 2019, Trump forced a partial government shutdown for 35 days in a bid to obtain more than billion in funding for a border wall between the United States and Mexico. The President eventually relented, however, making a major political concession and ending the shutdown without securing

The US government shutdown has ended after the House voted to pass a stopgap spending measure. The government shut down for the second time in 2018, after Republican Senator Rand Paul held up voting on the spending bill and forced Congress to miss its midnight deadline on a new

The 104-page bill aims to maintain federal spending levels until Dec. 11, when Congress would have to pass another spending plan. It leave out nearly $30 billion in farm aid the White House wanted. But it also excludes pandemic food assistance for children, a Democratic concern.

Senate Republicans came out against the plan shortly after it was unveiled, raising the risks of a government shutdown only nine days before current funding expires.

"House Democrats' rough draft of a government funding bill shamefully leaves out key relief and support that American farmers need," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote in a tweet. "This is no time to add insult to injury and defund help for farmers and rural America."

The bill is set to receive a vote this week in the Democratic-led House and then another in the GOP-controlled Senate.

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The House passed a stopgap spending bill on Tuesday to keep the government open for four additional weeks, diminishing the chances of a paralyzing government -wide shutdown before Thanksgiving but also punting a tough decision on border wall spending .

House Democrats released a bill Monday that Republicans swiftly panned for a lack of relief to help farmers cope with the president’s trade policies. “ House Democrats ’ rough draft of a government funding bill shamefully leaves out key relief and support that American farmers need,” Senate Majority

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Republicans are pushing to include the farm aid in the short-term funding measure, otherwise known as a continuing resolution.

"We do prefer additional farm aid in the CR. Most of all we want a clean CR, keep the government open," White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow told reporters on Monday.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed earlier this month to keep the coronavirus relief bill separate from discussions to avert a government shutdown.

Talks on a stimulus bill are still bogged down with the White House and congressional Democrats nearly $1 trillion apart on their spending plans.

Pelosi said in a New York Times podcast interview published Monday that Democrats are holding out for a bigger deal from Trump that includes direct payments, state aid, and rental assistance among other measures.

Mitch McConnell blasts Democrats spending bill draft as 'shameful'

  Mitch McConnell blasts Democrats spending bill draft as 'shameful' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel blasted a short-term spending bill drafted by House Democrats as 'shameful' on Monday as a government shutdown looms.The clock is ticking for the the U.S. Senate and Congress to agree on a new funding package with just nine days before it ends at midnight on September 30.

The stopgap spending bill extends government funding until Jan. 19 while also providing a short-term funding fix for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, whose financing lapsed at the end of September . After the House and Senate succeeded in passing a .5 trillion tax overhaul this week

The Senate lacks the votes to pass a House GOP spending bill .Forty-two Democrats have come out in opposition Two Republicans also say they will vote against the bill , leaving it short of the 60 votes necessary to pass it if it The government would shut down on Saturday without action by Congress.

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