Republican Infighting Stalls Spending Bills in U.S. House
Meanwhile, a government shutdown is looming
On Tuesday, Republicans who control the U.S. House of Representatives failed to advance two spending bills, as party infighting threatened the ability of Congress to fund the government and avert a partial shutdown on Sept. 30.
The House voted 214-212 to defeat a measure that would have opened debate on an $886 billion fiscal 2024 defense appropriations bill, with five hardline Republican conservatives joining Democrats to oppose their party's own measure.
Meanwhile, a larger division within House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's fractious Republican majority prevented lawmakers from agreeing on a short-term measure to keep federal agencies afloat after funding expires on Sept. 30.
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