Bipartisan House Deal to Avert Shutdown Faces Opposition From Senate Republicans

Headline Roundup December 2nd, 2021

Bipartisan leaders in the House of Representatives struck a deal on Thursday to avert a government shutdown.

The stopgap spending bill would fund the government until Feb. 18 and provide $7 billion for resettling Afghan refugees. The deal comes ahead of a Dec. 4 deadline and faces a threat from 15 Senate Republicans, who plan to filibuster the bill unless Congress blocks funding for the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate policies. Led by Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall and Utah Sen. Mike Lee, the Republicans announced their plans in a Wednesday letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. 

Coverage was widespread on Thursday, focusing on either the House bill or Senate Republicans’ demands to block vaccine mandate funding. Some coverage in left-rated outlets framed the House bill as House Democrats’ plan. Some outlets on both sides also published explainers on the consequences of a government shutdown. 

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Top lawmakers announced a deal on Thursday to keep the government funded through mid-February, but a group of Senate Republicans was still threatening to force a shutdown over the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large employers.

With less than 48 hours before funding is set to lapse, the House was expected to vote later Thursday to keep the government open through Feb. 18 and provide $7 billion for the care and resettlement of Afghan refugees. But the fate of the measure was uncertain in the Senate, where unanimity would be needed to expedite its...

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The House reached a deal Thursday on a short-term government funding bill that would prevent a shutdown before a Friday deadline.

The measure would fund the government at current levels through Feb. 18, House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said in a statement. The House plans to pass the legislation Thursday afternoon.

Both chambers of Congress need to approve a spending bill by Friday to prevent a lapse in funding. An extended shutdown can lead to furloughs of federal workers and the suspension of certain government services. The Biden...

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Funding for the government runs out just before midnight Friday and Congress is not even close to passing a bill to avert a shutdown. 

"The vaccine mandate is going to shut down our businesses in this country, which is going to further disrupt" the economy, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told FOX Business Wednesday. 

He's one of a handful of Republican senators demanding that a continuing resolution includes a provision to withhold funding from the enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandates by the Biden administration. 

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