SHUTDOWN AVERTED FOR 45 DAYS
Written by JAMM on October 2, 2023
Congress narrowly averted a government shutdown late Saturday afternoon as the House, in a stunning turnabout, approved a stopgap plan to keep the federal government open until mid-November. After Senate passage, President Biden signed the bill shortly before midnight.
But just because House Speaker Kevin McCarthy managed to find a last-minute solution, it does not mean our government is magically working well again. Nor is it a sign that McCarthy has figured out a way to bring his Republican Conference together.
A recent Monmouth University poll found that most Americans (64%) said it was more important to compromise to keep the government open than it was to stick to principles even if it meant a shutdown (31%).
Biden on Sunday in remarks at the White House said he was “sick and tired” of the brinkmanship.
“Enough is enough is enough,” he said. “This is not that complicated. The brinksmanship has to end and there shouldn’t be another crisis. There’s no excuse for another crisis.”
The bill will fund the government through Nov. 17.
Sources: CBSnews, New York Times, CNN