Government shutdown looms amid federal budget feud | WGN 720 radio
WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – The United States faces a possible government shutdown next week because lawmakers disagree on the federal budget.
Lawmakers have the power to avoid the shutdown but have so far failed to avert the crisis.
“They want to raise $ 5,000 billion and spend it next month. They have one credit card max and want a new limit to go over another, ”Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said of Democrats.
House Republicans voted against the bill that would raise the debt ceiling and keep government open.
“It’s pretty appalling because when Republican presidents were there we always had bipartisan support for it,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
The fight is heading to the Senate where the measure could fail, causing both a government shutdown and a default on U.S. loans, which could have a huge impact on Americans and the services they receive from the government. A shutdown also has the potential to hurt the US economy as a whole.
“Republicans will not agree to pay our past bills, the debt we owe,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
Senator Mitch McConnel (R-KY) replied, “Give me a break.”
Republicans refuse to vote for raising the debt ceiling because they oppose Democrats’ proposed program to spend $ 3.5 trillion on green energy investments and measures such as subsidies universal for preschools and daycare centers for low-income families.
But this spending plan risks failing anyway because not all Democrats agree.
Nonetheless, Republicans say they will oppose increasing the debt ceiling on principal.
“If they want to tax, borrow and spend historic amounts of money without our contribution, they will have to raise the debt ceiling without our help,” McConnell said.
“They can do it if they want to, and they should. But I’m definitely not going to help them do it, ”said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO).
Republicans say they would support a stand-alone bill to keep government open. While Democrats can technically raise the debt ceiling on their own, they don’t have enough voice to do so because their own party can’t agree on the spending plan and the reconciliation plan.
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