Partial US government shutdown just four days away as congressional standoff continues

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Partial US government shutdown just four days away as congressional standoff continues

Republican U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy rejected a stopgap funding bill in the Senate, which could lead to the fourth partial shutdown of the U.S. government in a decade. This would result in the furlough of federal workers and the suspension of various government services until a funding bill is passed and signed into law by President Joe Biden. The Senate plan, supported by Senate Republicans, would fund the government until November 17, allowing more time for lawmakers to agree on funding levels for the full fiscal year. The Senate will hold the next procedural vote on Thursday unless an agreement is reached sooner. McCarthy’s House of Representatives is focused on agreeing on more full-year funding bills, although they have only passed one so far. The House is expected to vote on amendments to specific funding bills, but even if all four are signed into law, it would not prevent a partial government shutdown. Weeks ago, Biden urged Congress to pass a short-term extension of spending for fiscal 2023, along with emergency aid and new border security funding. The standoff has attracted the attention of ratings agencies, warning of potential damage to the federal government’s credit-worthiness. House Republicans want tougher legislation to address immigration and deeper spending cuts. Bipartisanship is called for to avoid a shutdown, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. McConnell also opposes a shutdown and highlights the impact on agencies like the Border Patrol and ICE. McCarthy is facing threats from hardline members of his party who rejected a deal he negotiated with Biden and demanded further cuts. Some hardliners have threatened to oust McCarthy if he passes a spending bill requiring Democratic votes. McCarthy said House Republicans would likely bring their own stopgap measure to the floor, but it is unclear if it will pass. The standoff comes after Washington’s recent brush with defaulting on its debt. Hardline Republicans, including Donald Trump, have dismissed the risks of a shutdown and even pushed for one. The article concludes with a chart showing the timeline of past government shutdowns and the potential shutdown looming in October 2023 if Congress fails to enact a spending measure.

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