US Senate chief says chamber will attempt to shortly move invoice to avert shutdown

US Senate chief says chamber will attempt to shortly move invoice to avert shutdown

US Senate aims for quick vote to avoid shutdown, but possible potholes ahead
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By David Morgan and Katharine Jackson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Democratic and Republican leaders within the U.S. Senate stated on Wednesday they might attempt to shortly move laws to maintain the federal government funded, stopping a partial shutdown kind starting this weekend.

“No drama, no delay, no authorities shutdown. That is our objective and we hope to have an settlement very quickly,” Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, stated on the Senate ground.

Leaders from each events have stated they help a stopgap spending invoice that handed the Republican-controlled Home of Representatives by a large bipartisan margin on Tuesday.

Present funding is because of expire at midnight on Friday (0500 GMT on Saturday), and each chambers of Congress have to move spending laws and ship it to Democratic President Joe Biden to signal into regulation earlier than then to keep away from disruption.

Senator John Thune, the chamber’s No. 2 Republican, stated a vote on the Home invoice later within the day was doable. “Proper now we’re not seeing something on the market that may counsel that we could not course of this pretty shortly,” he stated.

However opponents may invoke the Senate’s arcane guidelines to complicate a vote earlier than midnight on Friday when present funding will expire. Republican Senator Rand Paul, who up to now has used parliamentary maneuvers to carry up motion, stated on social media that he would push for deeper spending cuts.

The Home invoice would prolong authorities funding at present ranges by means of mid-January, giving lawmakers extra time to work on the detailed spending payments that fund all the things from the army to scientific analysis.

Extra considerably, it will keep away from a partial shutdown that may disrupt a big selection of presidency providers and furlough lots of of hundreds of federal staff.

Tuesday’s vote was a victory for Home Speaker Mike Johnson, who confronted down opposition from a few of his fellow Republicans who had pushed for deep spending cuts.

Johnson was a little-known Louisiana lawmaker till he was elected speaker on Oct. 25 following weeks of Republican infighting.

The laws would prolong funding for army development, veterans advantages, transportation, housing, city improvement, agriculture, the Meals and Drug Administration and power and water applications by means of Jan. 19. Funding for all different federal operations – together with protection – would expire on Feb. 2.

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