U.S. President Donald Trump's threat not to sign a $2.3 trillion spending package approved by Congress means that parts of the federal government may have to shut down as soon as Monday even as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the possibility of a federal government shutdown on Friday, the start of fiscal year (FY) 2022, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today reminded District of Columbia residents that a provision she got included in the FY 2021 D.C. Appropriations bill exempts the D.C. government from a federal government shutdown in FY 2022. Norton has gotten the D.C. government exempted from federal government shutdowns each year since FY 2015.
September 30th marks the end of the fiscal year. That means lawmakers in Washington have just days to figure out how to keep the government running past then and how to deal with the debt ceiling that was breached during the summer. When asked if the government will meet the September 30th deadline, David Williams with the taxpayers protection alliance says “Who knows, right, because Congress, they do this every year. They wait until the very last minute. ”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked a bill Monday night to keep the government operating and allow federal borrowing, but Democrats aiming to avert a shutdown pledged to try again — at the same time pressing ahead on President Joe Biden’s big plans to reshape government.
There’s still time for lawmakers to avoid shutting down the federal government, but if they can’t do it, higher education shouldn’t have much to worry about -- as long as the shutdown doesn’t last too long.
As the government is set to run out of funding by the end of the week, they face a possible shutdown. In an effort to keep the government open lawmakers are trying to pass a new budget to do that. The clock is ticking for Congress to get things done. SEE ALSO:Pelosi vows to pass infrastructure, eyes smaller social billA shutdown is looming with government funding set to expire on September 30. "We need to make sure we don't shutdown the government," said Senator Mark Warner.
Democrats are pursuing an almost certainly doomed strategy to avert a government shutdown and stave off a federal default, raising the likelihood of financial-market stresses that will ultimately force U.S. lawmakers’ hands.
Anthony Fauci says the “the worst time” for a government shutdown is in the middle of a pandemic, a warning that comes as Congress is barreling toward a financial impasse that could close down the government.
The House is planning votes on a stopgap spending bill with a debt limit measure included, with multiple other issues pending, and Republicans refusing to support it. That could mean two “cliffs” involving a government shutdown and a debt default.
Lawmakers are bracing for budget battles later this month when they return to Washington, where they’ll be racing against the clock to pass trillions of dollars in spending while the threat of a government shutdown looms.