That collective sigh you simply heard? Regardless of weeks of posturing, the Home handed laws to maintain the federal authorities’s lights on. The invoice now strikes to the Senate, days forward of the deadline.
If it looks like deja vu yet again, you’re not improper. Earlier this yr, there have been worries that the federal government would run out of cash for the following fiscal yr. The deadline at the moment was Sept. 30, and and not using a compromise, the federal government would have shut down, which means that every one nonessential authorities capabilities would have stopped. Nevertheless, a last-minute invoice kicked the can down the highway for an additional 90 days—that invoice, framed as a seamless decision, handed the Home with a vote of 335-91.
Some on the Hill modified their vote for the most recent short-term invoice. The latest depend was 336-95, with ninety-three Republicans and two Democrats voting no—however that was sufficient. The invoice was handed underneath a suspension of the foundations, which implies that solely a two-thirds vote was required.
The Home invoice extends funding for presidency companies at present spending ranges. Which means there have been no spending cuts, together with these focused to the IRS. Earlier this yr, Home Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) launched a supplemental appropriations package deal that would offer $14.3 billion in army help to Israel in alternate for slashing an equal quantity of IRS funding.
The extensions are solely non permanent. Particularly, funds for army and veterans applications, agriculture and meals businesses, as effectively the Departments of Transportation and Housing and City Growth will now run out on Jan. 19, 2024. Cash for the Division of State, in addition to the Departments of Protection, Commerce, Labor, and Well being and Human Providers, will now run out on Feb. 2, 2024, except further measures cross.
The invoice doesn’t embody funding for Israel and Ukraine, or cash to shore up border safety. These points—particularly with the upcoming elections—had been thought of too charged to be thought of within the present political local weather. Nevertheless, they are going to seemingly be important dialogue factors subsequent yr.
With a couple of days to spare till the Nov. 17 deadline, the measure now strikes to the Senate, the place it’s anticipated to cross. If it does, the White Home has signaled that President Biden will signal the invoice into regulation.