Senate, House Hold Procedural Votes as Partial Government Shutdown Looms
The shutdown will occur on Sept. 30, 2023
With a partial shutdown of the U.S. government just three days away, the Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to take a procedural vote on Thursday on a bipartisan short term spending measure that has already been rejected by Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled House is set to continue voting on amendments to four appropriations bills that have no chance of becoming law, and would not alone prevent a shutdown even if they did.
Congress must pass legislation that President Joe Biden can sign into law by midnight Saturday to avoid furloughs of hundreds of thousands of federal workers and halting a wide range of services, from economic data releases to nutrition benefits, for the fourth time in the last decade.
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