Lawmakers Reportedly Have A Bipartisan Deal—Without Any Coronavirus Relief—To Avoid A Government Shutdown
House lawmakers are preparing on Friday to introduce a bipartisan spending bill that would fund the federal government beyond the September 30 deadline, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday, but the measure likely won’t include any of the contentious provisions under consideration for the next federal stimulus bill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had agreed earlier this month on a short-term solution, called a continuing resolution, to keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year.
The continuing resolution that top lawmakers agreed on is intended to be non-partisan and (ideally) guaranteed to pass, meaning the contentious debate over the next coronavirus relief bill will continue separately.
It’s most likely that the continuing resolution will last through sometime in December—when it expires, lawmakers will have to either extend it or pass a new government budget for the 2021 fiscal year.
According to the Journal, lawmakers have discussed including provisions for flood insurance, highway funding, and extending the 2020 Census.
“I don’t think anybody wants to be responsible for shutting down the government on the eve of an election in the middle of a pandemic, so it’s a rare outbreak of common sense on both sides,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In 2019, President Trump forced a partial shutdown of the federal government for 35 days in a bid to obtain more than $5 billion in funding for the border wall between the United States and Mexico. In a major political concession, Trump eventually relented and ended the shutdown without securing the money.
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