Even though a possible government shutdown may occur in 10 days, House Republicans said they do not intend to move forward this week on a stopgap financing measure to keep federal agencies operating.
Instead, at a closed-door Republican conference on Tuesday, House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, was expected to give at least three possibilities for a temporary known as a continuing resolution (CR).
The government’s operating budget will run out of money on the 17th of November unless Congress passes a temporary measure that the President may sign into law. Otherwise, federal government offices will be closed indefinitely.
The House is not likely to pass a CR this week, according to three Republicans who spoke anonymously. Due to Friday’s Veterans Day celebration, this week is already shorter than usual. One congressman lamented that there was no time to do anything this week due to the Republican strategy of delaying until three days before a vote.
According to another congressman, the Republicans are exploring at least three ways to structure a CR; one is a “laddered” approach that would set distinct deadlines in December and January for the House and Senate to agree on individual appropriations measures for 2024.
A more traditional CR, lasting until January 19, is also on the table for the Republicans, freeing up December for the passage of appropriations legislation and the consideration of supplementary budget requests for Israel, Ukraine, and other issues.
The member suggested a third possibility: working with the Senate’s Democratic majority to craft a CR that can swiftly pass both houses of Congress.
To support transportation, housing, and urban development, as well as financial services, the House has passed seven of the twelve appropriations measures for 2024 and will attempt to pass two more this week. The Senate enacted the three appropriations bills as part of a minibus package.
However, the House has only passed partisan Republican measures opposed by Democrats, while the Senate legislation has widespread bipartisan support.
Time is running out, but some Republicans insist that a regular CR without restrictions that extends funding until the middle of January and has a chance of passing the House and Senate is the wisest course of action.