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Stopgap bill to keep government running fails in House; shutdown looms

The potential of a government shutdown at the end of the month loomed slightly larger Wednesday after a critical measure to fund the government through mid-November was defeated in the House Wednesday evening.

GOP leaders were unable to overcome objections from Democrats who believed the bill did not do enough for disaster victims and from conservative Republicans who wanted to use the bill to cut spending more deeply.

The vote was a significant defeat for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders, who had been confident they could muscle the bill over to the Senate despite protests from both sides of the aisle.

House leaders must now rewrite to appease either Democrats or the right wing of their own party and pass a bill for consideration by the Senate before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, or the government will shut down.

The measure failed 230 to 195. Only six Democrats voted for it, while 182 Democrats voted against. More significantly, 48 Republicans opposed it.

Also, NYT: House Rebukes G.O.P. Leaders Over Spending

1 comment to Stopgap bill to keep government running fails in House; shutdown looms

  • Raja

    Senate leaders announce bipartisan agreement to avert government shutdown

    Washington Post, By Paul Kane & Rosalind S. Helderman, September 26

    Senate leaders agreed to a deal Monday evening that is almost certain to avert a federal government shutdown, a prospect that had unexpectedly arisen when congressional leaders deadlocked over disaster relief funding.

    After days of brinkmanship reminiscent of the budget battles that have consumed Washington this year, key senators clinched a compromise that would provide less money for disaster relief than Democrats sought but would also strip away spending cuts that Republicans demanded. The pact, which the Senate approved 79 to 12 and the House is expected to ratify next week, is expected to keep federal agencies open until Nov. 18.


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