Congress Reaches Deal to Avert Govt Shutdown

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    The Facts

    • On Tuesday, US lawmakers announced they had reached a "framework" on a 2023 funding plan, allowing them to complete work on the bill over the next week past Friday's deadline to avoid a government shutdown.

    • According to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the House is scheduled to hold a first procedural vote on the stopgap bill Wednesday night, and the Senate could give final approval by Thursday.

    The Spin

    Republican narrative

    Over the past two years, Democrats have had plenty of time to push through trillions of dollars in wasteful spending to satisfy their donors, so there's no reason for the GOP to partner with its liberal colleagues except to pass this stop-gap bill. When Republicans take control of the House next month, they'll be able to allocate the funds appropriately for both defense and prudent social programs.

    Democratic narrative

    The Democrats are trying hard to reach their colleagues across the aisle to resolve this challenge in the best interest of the country, as the GOP is doing everything it can to postpone this much-needed bill into next year. This is a dangerous move that will likely see conservative lawmakers hold their votes hostage to force leadership to cave to their demands, ultimately leading to a government shutdown anyway.

    Political split



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