How the House is Handling the Looming Government Shutdown
Summary from AllSides News Team
Amid House Republican infighting, Congress is struggling to fund the government by the end of the month to avert a partial government shutdown.
Key Details: On Tuesday, Republican leadership scrapped a procedural vote aimed at keeping the government open through October. The White House is not attempting to patch together another bill and wants Speaker Kevin McCarthy to stick to the spending deal he struck in May with President Biden.
Key Quote: “A lot of Republicans want to solve all our spending in a CR [Continuing Resolution]. We need to solve that in appropriations bills. But we want to fix the border, [and] we’ve got to have disaster relief,” one GOP lawmaker said.
For Context: McCarthy and Biden agreed in May to fiscal 2024 appropriations that were $120 billion more than the topline of $1.47 trillion that some House Republicans are pushing for.
How the Media is Covering it: Some right-rated outlets noted Democrats who might be willing to negotiate with their Republican colleagues if the deal maintains current government spending and includes items like provisions for Ukraine. Some left-rated sources focused on the reasoning behind the White House's decision to steer clear of last-minute budget negotiations.
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