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House passes stopgap to prevent partial government shutdown Friday

The House passed a bipartisan deal Thursday to avoid a partial government shutdown, pushing the two-phase deadline to late March.

Lawmakers approved spending patch 320-99 and sent it to the Senate, which is likely to approve it Thursday or later Friday. Two Democrats joined the 97 Republicans who opposed the bill.

The White House announced that President Biden will sign the bill if the Senate passes it.

The measure, known as a continuing resolution or CR, would extend the first of two funding deadlines for some government departments from this Friday to March 8.

A second deadline to fund all remaining government agencies will be extended from March 8 to March 22.

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson is forced to navigate a rough and shabby Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Reuters

In typical House Republican fashion, many members were outraged about the whole ordeal, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene posting to X early Thursday morning that she was “back in the house of hypocrites.”

“Eight Republicans also joined the Democrats and ousted the first speaker.” [Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California] Having the courage to break the ‘rules’, tomorrow will be the third CR for the second speaker,” she added.

On October 3, eight House Republicans, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), joined with 208 Democrats to oust Mr. McCarthy, ostensibly to avoid a shutdown days earlier. They expressed dissatisfaction with the use of CR to do this.

As Green pointed out, McCarthy’s successor, Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana), currently oversees three CRs. But unlike McCarthy, he has yet to face serious calls for rebellion.

Matt Gaetz (pictured) defended Speaker Mike Johnson, claiming he inherited the situation from Kevin McCarthy, according to reports. Rod Lamkey – CNP of the New York Post

For each new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, Congress is tasked with funding the government through 12 spending bills, often packaged as omnibus measures.

Nearly five months into fiscal year 2024, Congress has failed to complete this basic task, instead going back and forth on self-imposed deadlines with makeshift CRs to buy time. There is.

Back in January, Congressional leaders announced a long-overdue agreement on maximum funding.

Democratic leaders urged Republicans to take steps to avoid a government shutdown. AP

The agreement provided $886.3 billion in defense spending and $772.7 billion in non-defense programs.

Congress has struggled to meet the two deadlines due to fights over policy riders attached to the spending bill and several logistical complications.

Some House Republicans see the spending process as a tool to extract concessions from Democrats on issues such as immigration.

The White House announced that President Biden will sign the bill if the Senate passes it. AP

On Wednesday, the top four leaders of Congress and their top spenders laid out a roadmap for funding the government, rushing through six spending bills that must be approved by a new March 8 deadline. It was suggested that it was summarized.

In addition to the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, these six bills provide funding to the Departments of Justice, Commerce, Energy, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development.

The next bill, to be introduced on March 22, would provide funding to the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of State.

Biden is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on March 7, the day before the first spending deadline.

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