Will the Federal Government Shut Down Next Month?
Summary from AllSides News Team
Will the federal government shut down next month? Lawmakers are returning to Washington with less than a month to pass a new spending bill.
Details: The federal fiscal year begins on October 1. If Congress does not pass new spending legislation before the end of the month, the federal government will shut down at midnight on September 30. With the House of Representatives resuming session next week, lawmakers will have three weeks to negotiate a spending bill to avert a shutdown.
Key Quotes: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are blaming their political opponents for a potential government shutdown. Speaking with Fox Business (Lean Right bias), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) predicted a shutdown, blaming Democratic lawmakers. Cruz stated, “I think there's a significant chance of a government shutdown. And the reason I think that is is I think Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer want a government shutdown.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for bipartisanship to avert a shutdown, stating, “I beg my House Republican colleagues to follow the Senate’s lead, to recognize that time is short, and the only way to avoid a shutdown is through bipartisanship in both the House and Senate.”
How the Media Covered It: Outlets on each side of the spectrum are amplifying statements from ideologically-aligned lawmakers placing the blame for a shutdown on rival lawmakers. Across the spectrum, outlets are noting that tensions between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Freedom Caucus Republicans will be a key obstacle to passing legislation.
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