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US government shutdown imminent: Republicans reject own bill to extend funding by 30 days

Hardline Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have made a government shutdown likely to begin on October 1.

President Joe Biden speaks about the late Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of retiring Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and hail for Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., the incoming chairman, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, in Fort Meyer, Va. Feinstein died on Thursday night at her home in Washington, D.C., her office said on Friday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Premium
President Joe Biden speaks about the late Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of retiring Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and hail for Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., the incoming chairman, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, in Fort Meyer, Va. Feinstein died on Thursday night at her home in Washington, D.C., her office said on Friday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

What hardline Republicans did in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 29 made it all but certain that federal agencies will partially shut down beginning on October 1.

In a 232-198 vote, the House defeated a measure that would extend government funding by 30 days and avert a shutdown. That bill would have slashed spending and restricted immigration, Republican priorities that had little chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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The defeat left Republicans - who control the chamber by 221-212 - without a clear strategy to avert a shutdown that would close national parks, disrupt pay for up to 4 million federal workers and hobble everything from financial oversight to scientific research if funding is not extended past 12:01 a.m. ET (0401 GMT) on Sunday.

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, following the vote, indicated that the chamber could potentially still approve a funding extension. However, he refrained from providing details about the subsequent course of action. The chamber is anticipated to conduct further votes on Saturday.

"It's only a failure if you quit," Reuters quoted him as telling reporters.

It was not clear whether the Senate would act in time, either. The chamber was due on Saturday afternoon to take up a bipartisan bill that would fund the government through Nov. 17, but procedural hurdles could delay a final vote until Tuesday.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Friday that a government shutdown would "undermine" U.S. economic progress by idling programs for small businesses and children and could delay major infrastructure improvements.

The shutdown would be the fourth in a decade and just four months after a similar standoff brought the federal government within days of defaulting on its $31 trillion debt. The repeated brinkmanship has raised worries on Wall Street, where the Moody's ratings agency has warned it could damage U.S. creditworthiness.

(With Reuters inputs)

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Published: 30 Sep 2023, 06:30 AM IST
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