Republicans Reject Own Funding Bill, US Government Shutdown Persists


Hardline Federal agencies will almost certainly start to partially shut down on Sunday as a result of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives rejecting a bill put forth by their leader to temporarily finance the government on Friday.

The House voted rejected a bill that would have prevented a government shutdown and extended funding by 30 days, 232-198. The Republican aims of cutting spending and limiting immigration in that package had little prospect of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The setback left Republicans, who hold a 221-212 majority in the Senate, without a clear plan to avoid a shutdown that would restrict national parks, affect the pay of up to 4 million federal employees, and impede everything from financial supervision to scientific research if funding was not extended past 12:01 a.m. ET (0401 GMT) on Sunday..

Kevin McCarthy, speaker of the House, stated following the vote that the body might still adopt a funding extension without the conservative measures that had angered Democrats. He would not, however, predict what would come after. On Saturday, the chamber is anticipated to hold more votes.

“It’s only a failure if you quit,” he told reporters.

It was also unclear whether the Senate would move quickly. Bipartisan legislation that would have funded the government through November 17 was scheduled for consideration by the chamber on Saturday afternoon, but procedural challenges could push up a final vote until next Tuesday.

A government shutdown, according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, would “undermine” economic growth in the country by halting initiatives for kids’ programs and small enterprises, as well as by delaying important infrastructure upgrades.

The government would be shut down for the fourth time in ten years, and only four months had passed since a comparable impasse came the federal government dangerously close to defaulting on its $31 trillion debt. The Moody’s rating agency has issued a warning that the persistent brinkmanship could harm the creditworthiness of the United States, which has caused concern on Wall Street.