House Republican leaders assailed a move by Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAfter the loss of three giants of conservation, Biden must pick up the mantle Photos of the Week: Voting rights, former Sen. Harry Reid and snowy owls Black Democrats hammer Manchin for backing filibuster on voting rights MORE (D-Nev.) to block a House stopgap spending bill, and said the lower chamber would leave town on Friday afternoon.
The brinksmanship could put federal disaster aid in the balance. While the federal government has money to run through Sept. 30, the Federal Emergency Management Agency could run dry on Monday without further congressional action, officials in both parties said.
The House GOP bill that passed early Friday morning finances the government through Nov. 18 and includes $3.65 billion for FEMA.
“While we moved a responsible bill, it’s time for the Senate to move the House-passed bill,” Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Stopping the next insurrection Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid MORE (R-Ohio) said in an impromptu news conference on Friday, just as the Senate began voting to table the House measure. “It really is the most responsible thing to do, and any delay that occurs because of inaction by the Senate will only imperil the needed disaster relief for thousands of families all across the country.”
House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRepublicans eager to take on Spanberger in Virginia Virginia emerging as ground zero in battle for House majority McAuliffe's loss exposes deepening Democratic rift MORE (R-Va.) said the House planned to adjourn as scheduled following votes on Friday afternoon. Both chambers are scheduled to be away on recess next week, though Reid has indicated the Senate will stay in session to resolve the impasse.
“Harry Reid is arguing with himself. This is why people don’t like Washington,” Cantor said.
Pressed on whether he was ruling out a return by the House next week, Cantor left the door open: “If we are back, that means Harry Reid has shut down FEMA.”