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Arizona Republicans reject effort to stop government shutdown

Twenty-one Republicans, including Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and Eli Crane, rejected the latest measure to prevent a government shutdown.

PHOENIX — With the federal government expected to shut down this weekend, 21 House Republicans on Friday rejected a stopgap measure proposed by Speaker Kevin McCarthy to head off that scenario. Three of the representatives are from Arizona.

Reps. Andy Biggs, Eli Crane and Paul Gosar joined others on the far right in voting against Latest expense bill. The effort, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), has been threatening to cost McCarthy his job as House speaker.

McCarthy’s latest move is to cut spending by nearly 30% at many agencies and add several border security provisions. 21 Republicans said it was not enough. The White House and Democrats reject the Republican spending approach as too extreme.

If there is no deal, the government will shut down at 12:01pm on Sunday, the start of the new financial year.

RELATED: McCarthy’s last-ditch effort to avert government shutdown fails as Republicans defect

The shutdown would halt pay for 2 million troops, furlough federal workers and disrupt government services and programs. several groupsThe military, law enforcement agencies and immigration enforcement agencies, among others, will continue to carry out their work. The courts have enough funds to stay open for some time, but may be scaled back after October 13.

Notably, 72% of Department of Homeland Security personnel will be without pay.

The shutdown will leave more than 19,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents and 25,000 field operations officers working without pay, despite ongoing calls from Republicans for stronger border security. According to the Department of Homeland Security.

May, President Biden reached a tentative bipartisan agreement McCarthy extended the debt ceiling for two years while making modest cuts in federal spending. The deal later fell through.

As of September 2023, the U.S. public debt is just over $33 trillion. According to investment encyclopedia.About two-thirds of the debt was incurred since 2001 Across multiple presidential administrations, According to experts from the Associated Press.

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