House and Senate Struggling to Fund Government

House and Senate Struggling to Fund Government

( – On Tuesday, September 22, it was no surprise to find the Democratic-led House and Republican-led Senate couldn’t agree on something as routine as funding the government. If the two sides can’t agree on a bill that will fund the government through the election until December 11, a government shutdown on September 30 is inevitable.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was committed to ramming a party-line vote through the House, knowing it won’t pass the Senate. Senate Republicans are demanding that funds be added to help ailing farmers. They say the Senate will alter the bill.

The absence of an agreed-upon budget is typical during presidential election years. It’s not uncommon for Congress to pass a “stopgap funding measure” to keep the government funded until a budget is agreed upon by the new Congress.


Will a deal get done? The Democrats have held a COVID-19 relief bill hostage since early August, there’s a Supreme Court nominee battle brewing and now, they have to pass a stopgap budget to keep the government open. It’s a tall order, but anything can happen.

After all, it’s 2020.

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