Senate Unveils Bipartisan Bill to Avoid a Government Shutdown
Meanwhile, Congress is moving into crisis mode
Congress is rushing headlong into crisis mode Tuesday with a government shutdown days away, as Speaker Kevin McCarthy faces an insurgency from hard-right Republicans eager to slash spending even if it means halting pay for the military and curtailing federal services for millions of Americans.
There's no clear path ahead as lawmakers return with tensions high and options limited. The House is expected to launch an evening vote on a package of bills to fund parts of the government, but it's not at all clear that McCarthy has the support needed as holdouts demand steeper spending cuts.
"It's easy," McCarthy quipped Tuesday when asked about keeping the government open.
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