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Now, two of the top Republicans in the House say the Senate has little choice but to pass their federal funding bill -- including its controversial disaster relief provision -- or risk a shutdown, and a lapse in government services for people in need of help from FEMA.
A few things are going on here. Senate Democrats, and nearly a dozen Republicans, want more money for FEMA than the House is offering up. And Democrats in both chambers oppose the offset House Republicans have chosen -- a fund meant to spur production of hybrid vehicles.
All the ingredients are there for gridlock.
But there are a number of possible resolutions. House Republicans may not have the votes on to pass their funding bill on their own and would then have to cut a deal with Democrats on disaster relief. If they do, Senate Democrats could ultimately back down, and use GOP intransigence over disaster funding as a political weapon in the 2012 elections. But if both parties dig in, we'll go down to the wire of a government shutdown again.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
And to top it off, congress is going on vacation on September 25 to October 2... and the fiscal year begins on October 1. They need the money by then or else people will get furloughed till they pass a funding bill for the gov.
Luckily the US has everything else in order, which is why it can afford to shut down the government... Again. Per Bloomberg:
* HOUSE REJECTS BILL CONTAINING DISASTER RELIEF AID
* REPUBLICAN DEFECTIONS LEAD TO DEFEAT OF BUDGET BILL
* SPENDING BILL NEEDED TO FUND GOVERNMENT PAST SEPT. 30
* REPUBLICANS OBJECTED TO OVERALL COST OF SPENDING BILL
Yep, looks like it: From Reuters:
A bill that would fund the U.S. government past Sept. 30 unexpectedly failed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday as dozens of Republicans broke with party leaders and Democrats objected to a cut to an electric-vehicle program. The measure failed by a vote of 195 to 230.
From CNN: House fails to pass continuing resolution
In a major blow to the Republican leadership, the U.S. House on Wednesday defeated a temporary spending measure that would have required spending cuts to offset additional money for federal disaster relief efforts.
Conservative Republicans in the House say the spending level is too high, and Democrats refuse to accept cuts to offset FEMA aid to disaster victims.
Reporting from Washington—
The threat of a government shutdown intensified as the House surprised its Republican leadership and rejected a bill to fund the government that required cuts in programs to pay for aid for victims of Hurricane Irene and other disasters.
Today at some point, the House votes (again) on a continuing resolution to fund government past Sept. 30. Will it fail to reach an agreement as it did yesterday, with just a day before yet another break which will likely mean no more votes until the actual shutdown?
Although the risk of a government shutdown has risen slightly as a result of these events, it is still low; the perceived political cost of a shutdown now is much higher than it was back in April, and the current disagreement is only over a few billion dollars. Moreover, there is still over a week until the deadline, but congressional recess is scheduled to start tomorrow, potentially providing motivation to get a deal done well ahead of the deadline.
The US House of Representatives early Friday morning passed a temporary spending bill -- with lawmakers reversing their opposition to the short-term funding measure rejected about 30 hours earlier.
Without significantly changing the continuing resolution, the bill was passed 219-203 Friday morning, with 23 Republicans having changed their vote.
House Republican leaders made just one change in the bill -- stripping funds from the Energy Department program that provided more than $500 million in loan guarantees to bankrupt solar-energy panel maker Solyndra.
Despite the bill's passage in the House, the prospect of a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 remains alive with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying Thursday it would fail in that chamber, where his party holds the majority.