A few days before the new threat of a government shutdown in the United States, Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson released a resolution to temporarily extend funding, but with different deadlines for different government agencies.
Unlike regular continuing resolutions, or “CRs,” which fund federal agencies for a set period, the measure announced by Johnson would fund some parts of the government until Jan. 19 and others until Feb. 2. House Republicans hope to push through the measure on Tuesday.
“This two-step continuing resolution is a necessary bill to put House Republicans in the best position to fight for victories over conservatives,” Johnson said in a statement after announcing the House Republican plan on a conference call. .
Republicans in the House of Representatives do not provide additional funding as aid to Israel or Ukraine.
The House of Representatives and the Democratic-led Senate must agree on a spending tool into law that President Joe Biden can sign by Friday (Nov. 17) or risk a fourth partial government shutdown in a decade that would would close national parks, disrupt the pay of as many as 4 million federal workers, and disrupt a range of activities from financial oversight to scientific research.
White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said in a statement that the proposal was “simply a recipe for more Republican chaos and more government shutdowns. She added that “House Republicans are wasting valuable time with a frivolous proposal that has been criticized by members of both parties.
The bill provides funding for military construction, veterans benefits, transportation, housing, urban development, agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and energy and water programs through Jan. 19. Funding for all other federal operations will expire on February 2.