House Republicans reach deal on short-term funding, but Senate likely to reject it | ET REALITY


A half-dozen House Republicans on Sunday announced a deal to temporarily fund the government to avoid a shutdown at the end of the month. But it is far from certain that the proposal would unite their divided conference to send a bill to the Senate, where it is expected to be rejected.

The short-term funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, would keep the government in operation until Oct. 31 and trigger a one percent cut to current tax levels. according to the plan published just before Lawmakers will be briefed on Sunday night.

The one percent cut is an average of the budget. The Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs would not receive any cuts, while the rest of the government would see an immediate 8 percent cut through the end of October.

The effort aims to gain support from far-right lawmakers who have demanded significant cuts to support a short-term funding extension.

The continuing resolution would also include a border security bill that House Republicans passed through their narrow ranks earlier this year, except for a divisive policy on E-Verify work requirements. The agreement also includes important border provisions that will be added to the Homeland Security appropriations bill in an effort to win concessions from the Senate on the issue when both chambers finally negotiate government funding for a full fiscal year.

Reaching an apparent deal is a significant, if small, step for the House Republican conference, which was thrown into chaos last week after its leaders failed to secure enough votes for a federal funding bill. Department of Defense or a way to finance the government in the US Short term.

While many involved in the deal are telegraphing that these parameters should ensure the bill gets the 218 Republican votes needed to pass, the Senate is likely to reject several of the conservative demands. That would face both chambers with less than a dozen days off to avoid a partial government shutdown.

The proposal was not negotiated by the leaders. Instead, six Republican members of the House of Representatives from two of the five ideological factions: Reps. Dusty Johnson (R.S.D.), Stephanie I. Bice (R-Okla.) and Kelly Armstrong (R.N.D.) of the pragmatic Main Street Caucus and Freedom Caucus representatives Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Chip Roy (R-Tex.) and Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) met for two and a half hours Wednesday night to discuss the parameters of a possible deal, after far-right lawmakers prevented a floor vote on funding the Defense Department until leaders’ demands were met.

Lawmakers on the conference’s conservative flanks realized they needed to find consensus and propose a deal to leaders, who were not involved in crafting the proposal. Negotiations continued for four more days, and all five ideological groups at the conference agreed to the plan over the weekend.

While the deal is expected to appease a significant number of conservatives, including several members of the House Freedom Caucus, Republican leaders now face the difficult task of ensuring the bill passes by their narrow margins. . Given the conservative provisions included in the proposal, Democrats are not expected to help pass the bill.

The first test for leaders will be a vote on a procedural hurdle, known as a rule, that sets parameters for debating the bill on the floor before its passage. Members of the Freedom Caucus and anti-McCarthy lawmakers have previously threatened to vote against the rule, which traditionally only passes with majority party votes.

The Republican conference began the year with just five votes to spare, but is now down to four after the withdrawal of Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) last week. To further complicate the math, some other Republicans are battling illnesses and two more are at home with newborn children.

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