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Congress Strikes Deal to Avert Partial Government Shutdown

Congressional leaders struck a deal Wednesday that they hope will avert a partial government shutdown.

top lawmaker closed Negotiations on agriculture, energy, military construction, and veterans issues. Transportation-Housing/Urban Development, Interior. It has set a March 8 deadline to pass the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act. Leaders hope to release the text of the bill by the end of this week and pass it next week. The spending bill would fund relevant government agencies through September, just before the 2024 election.

The remaining spending bill funds the Department of Defense and Homeland Security (DHS).The more controversial Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Departments of Education have a March 22 deadline.

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Negotiating the second part of the spending bill by that deadline, already five months into the fiscal year, means Speaker Mike Johnson and other congressional leaders will fully fund the government. This will be a real test of whether we can work together to achieve this goal. The deal, which avoids the risk of a government shutdown just as President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address, is the culmination of weeks of bipartisan, bicameral talks and intense sparring over policy provisions. It is an achievement. This follows a funding framework agreed to by Johnson and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer last month.

Both chambers have only a few days of stopgap time before a partial government shutdown begins on Saturday. And there are still some problems in this regard. Johnson will almost certainly need support from Democrats to pass the bill in the House of Commons, with all 100 senators set to accelerate debate for a stopgap passage in the Senate by March 1. Must agree. deadline.

said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), a senior appropriator.Five and a half months have passed since the start [the fiscal year] …Almost six months later, we’re still talking about whether or not I’m confident that it’s going to happen. We need to get this done. ”

Sean Moran is a policy reporter at Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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