Saturday, September 30, 2023

HR 5860 Passed in House – Clean Republican CR

In a surprise move, the House took up HR 5860 (committee print), the ‘Continuing Appropriations Act, 2024 and Other Extensions Act, under the suspension of the rules process, and passed it by a bipartisan vote of 335 to 91 with 90 Republicans voting Nay. The bill was not added to the schedule until just before it was brought to the floor by Rep Granger (R,TX) the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. The bill would extend FY 2023 funding rates for the federal government through November 17th, 2023. Section 129 of the bill adds $16 billion for FEMA’s disaster relief fund. A last-minute amendment was made to the bill by unanimous consent.

The Senate was scheduled to vote at 1:00 pm on the substitute language for HR 3935 that includes slightly dirtier continuing resolution language. That language would add supplemental spending for Ukraine, a controversial provision that is guaranteed to draw some opposition from Republicans. Interestingly, there are currently no Senators in the Senate chambers, I suspect that there are two separate conference meetings taking place determining if they can reach an agreement to consider HR 5860 under unanimous consent today.

It is possible that there will not be a government shutdown tonight, or (even more likely) if there is one, that it will be short.

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