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Government shutdown: House passes 45-day plan as deadline looms

The House passed the bill after Speaker Kevin McCarthy abandoned plans for deep spending cuts and relied on help from Democrats.

Washington – in the federal government shutdownThe House on Saturday quickly approved a 45-day appropriations bill to keep federal agencies open during the Speaker’s term Kevin McCarthy dropped its demand for deep spending cuts and relied on Democratic votes to send the package to the Senate.

New methods will remain Aid to Ukrainea White House priority facing growing opposition from Republican lawmakers, but the plan would increase $16 billion in federal disaster aid, Meet all President Joe Biden’s requirements. The House vote was 335 to 91.

With hours to go before a midnight deadline to fund the government, the Senate will also convene for a rare weekend session and prepare for next steps.

“We’re going to do our job,” McCarthy said before the vote. “We’re going to be the adults in the room. We’re going to keep the government open.”

With no agreement reached by Sunday, Federal workers to face furloughsMore than 2 million active duty and reserve troops will work without pay, and the programs and services Americans rely on from coast to coast will Beginning to face disruptions.

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The House measure would fund the government at current 2023 levels for 45 days, through Nov. 17, more closely matching the Senate’s approach. But the Senate package would add $6 billion to Ukraine’s war against Russia and another $6 billion for U.S. disaster relief.

The two chambers were deadlocked as lawmakers assessed their options, with some denouncing the loss of Ukraine aid.

New York House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries said “the American people deserve better” and warned in a lengthy speech that “extreme” Republicans were at risk of a government shutdown.

Kentucky’s McConnell said Republican senators were waiting “to see what the House does.”

To get the House package approved, McCarthy, a California Republican, will be forced to rely on Democrats, as the speaker’s far right has said it will oppose any short-term measures. Republicans won a majority of 221 to 212, leaving two seats open.

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Far-right lawmakers warned that relying on Democratic votes and abandoning the right would jeopardize McCarthy’s position as Speaker. They will almost certainly quickly introduce a motion to try to remove McCarthy from the office, although it is not at all certain there will be enough votes to oust the speaker.

“If someone wants to kick me out because I want to be the adult in the room, go ahead and try,” McCarthy said of the threat to evict him. “But I think this country is too important.”

McCarthy had previously planned to pass a Republican-only bill that would have slashed spending for most government agencies by up to 30%, but the White House and Democrats rejected it as too extreme, and the plan failed on Friday.

“Our options are disappearing by the minute,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, a senior Republican.

The federal government is moving towards Directly enter shutdown state That creates severe uncertainty for federal workers in every state across the country and the people who rely on them — from the military to border control agents to office workers, scientists and others.

Families who rely on Head Start, food benefits and countless other programs large and small Face potential disruptions or outright shutdowns. At airports, Transportation Security Administration officers and air traffic controllers are expected to work without pay, but travelers may face delays in renewing their U.S. passports or other travel documents.

McCarthy’s earlier plan to keep the government open failed Friday amid opposition from some factions. 21 extreme right diehards This is despite significant spending cuts of nearly 30% at many agencies and strict border security regulations.

The White House rejected McCarthy’s offer to meet with Biden after McCarthy left the White House. debt deal They helped determine budget levels earlier this year.

To appeal to his far-right base, McCarthy restored spending limits that conservatives had demanded in January as part of a deal to help him Become Speaker of the House of Representatives.

After Friday’s vote, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, a leading Republican critic of McCarthy, said the speaker’s bill “will go down the drain as I’ve told you all week.”

Some Republican die-hards, including Gaetz, are allies of former President Trump, Biden’s main rival in the 2024 election. Trump has been encouraging Republicans to fight hard for their priorities and even “shut it down.”

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