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Deadline nears as Congress continues negotiations

Deadline nears as Congress continues negotiations


House Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks to members of the press on Saturday, September 30, 2023, in Washington, DC.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks to members of the press on Saturday, September 30, 2023, in Washington, DC. CNN

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced that the House will vote on a 45-day short-term spending bill Saturday, and it will include the natural disaster aid that the White House requested. 

It will be under suspension, meaning it will need two-thirds of House members to pass. That means Republicans will need help from Democrats. 

Asked if he is concerned that a member, like Rep. Matt Gaetz, could move to oust him over this bill, McCarthy replied: “If I have to risk my job for standing up for the American public, I will do that.”

The negotiations surrounding a last-ditch effort to avert a shutdown have evolved throughout the morning.

McCarthy’s announcement appears to reflect a rapid shift inside the House GOP conference meeting this morning, where just a short time ago lawmakers had indicated they would focus on bills that would minimize the impact of a government shutdown, rather than completely avoid one.

A number of Republicans, including Reps. Don Bacon of Nebraska and Tom Cole of Oklahoma, say they are now planning to bring a stopgap funding measure, known as a continuing resolution, to the floor. The bill would fund the government for 45 days and include disaster relief but no aid for Ukraine.



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