House Democrats Monday introduced a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government running until Dec. 11.
The measure maintains fiscal year 2020 spending levels and provides more time for lawmakers to work out a deal on a bill that funds the government for the remainder of the year. It does not include new federal coronavirus aid. Democrats and Republicans have yet to work out a deal on a new round of funding to address the impact of the pandemic.
House and Senate lawmakers face a Sept. 30 deadline to pass a bill to fund the government. That’s when current funding expires and the fiscal year ends.
The House is expected to vote on the bill this week.
Senate Republicans had called for a measure that extended funding until Dec. 18.
Democrats blame Senate Republicans for the lack of movement on a long term deal.
The Senate Appropriations Committee, controlled by Republicans, stalled movement on spending bills after Democrats threatened to attempt to add police reform measures and coronavirus aid.
“While the House did its job and passed bills funding nearly every government agency, Senate Republicans did not even begin the appropriations process,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat, said Monday. “Because of their irresponsibility, a continuing resolution is sadly necessary. This clean continuing resolution keeps government open while giving Congress additional time to negotiate annual appropriations bills that will invest for the people.”
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Original Author: Susan Ferrechio
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