Schumer Backs Down To Give Speaker Time To Find Resolution

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) delayed a vote to proceed with legislation for funding the government beyond November 17 to allow the Louisiana Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson to start with a 2-step stopgap bill which would fund federal departments until January 19 and then another on February 2.

By postponing the vote, Schumer signaled his willingness to allow Johnson more time to approve a continuing resolution crafted by the GOP in the House that would maintain government funding at its current levels.

Reports show that funding for Veterans Affairs, military construction, agriculture, transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), energy, and water projects would be extended until January 19th under this proposal.

It would pay for government services until February 2, including the Defense Department’s budget.

On Saturday, House Republican Leader Mike Johnson (LA) unveiled his strategy to avoid a shutdown beyond November 17. Johnson’s “two-part” continuing resolution was a first of its kind. As explained to GOP lawmakers, this strategy attempted to extend various appropriations bills divided into two schedules in January and February.

The Speaker explained that the greatest chance the conference has of fighting for fiscal discipline, control over Ukraine oversight, and substantive policy improvements at the Southern border is if the CR issue is kept apart from the fights over supplemental spending.

He continued by saying that House Republicans ought to take the stand for Americans in light of the country’s rapidly increasing debt, the growing expenses caused by “Bidenomics,” and the wide open border in the South.

Schumer reportedly hailed Johnson’s plan, saying it would avert a destructive government shutdown without providing the deep budget cutbacks requested by certain House conservatives.

A report shows that the government shutdown set to begin at midnight on September 30 was only prevented by a last-minute measure enacted by the House that financed the government for 45 more days. Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was a primary proponent of the legislation.

The House adopted a 45-day stopgap funding plan without border protection but had $6 billion for Ukraine by a vote of 335-91.