Congressional lawmakers plan to hold a pivotal vote Tuesday afternoon on another short-term spending package, with House leadership hoping to avoid another government shutdown ahead of Friday’s deadline to keep the federal government open for business.
The new bill would finance the government -including increased spending for community healthcare facilities, emergency response funds, as well as child’s healthcare programs- through March 23rd and fully fund the entire US armed forces through this fall.
Should the stop-gap measure fail, the US government will again shutdown Friday evening.
If passed, the short-term spending bill would be the fifth extension passed by Congress as both sides of the aisle struggle to find common ground and fully finance the US government with a bipartisan budget.
“The American public was reminded it’s not one simple party rule — in the Senate, it takes 60 votes to pass anything,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “Unfortunately last time, we had to have a shutdown. Hopefully, we will not be in that situation again.”
“I hope the Senate would take care of our men and women in uniform and our community health centers and things we care a lot about and [live] to fight another day on a bigger caps deal,” added GOP Rep. Greg Walden.