House to vote on measure keeping government open until Nov. 21

Greg Nash
The House is expected to vote next week on legislation to avert a shutdown at month’s end and fund the government into late November.
The stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, is expected to last until Nov. 21, according to a Democratic aide.
{mosads}Current funding for the federal government will expire on Sept. 30, meaning Congress will need to take action by then to avoid another shutdown.
The text of the stopgap bill has not yet been released ahead of an expected floor vote next week.
The House passed 10 out of 12 annual appropriations bills over the summer, but the Senate has yet to pass any on the floor because Republicans opted to wait for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to strike a budget deal.
While the budget deal established top-line spending levels, lawmakers still have to pass appropriations bills to fund the government. The delay in the Senate has led congressional leaders to acknowledge that a temporary spending patch will be necessary to allow more time for negotiations.
“I’m disappointed that the Senate failed to pass a single appropriations bill. Not one. Not only that, they hadn’t filed any until just the other day when we got back from the summer break,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on the House floor Thursday.

“Therefore, as we wait for them to complete their work so that we can begin conference negotiations, a continuing resolution will be necessary to prevent another government shutdown like the one we experienced earlier this year,” Hoyer said, referring to the 35-day shutdown that lasted from December into January.

Senate Republicans appear to be warm to the idea of a continuing resolution that lasts into November, shortly before Congress leaves for its Thanksgiving break. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Thursday that Nov. 21 would be a “rational” date. 
The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced two spending bills on Thursday for defense programs as well as the Department of Energy and water infrastructure.
But Senate negotiations got off to a rocky start earlier this week amid disagreements over abortion and funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republicans then abruptly canceled a subcommittee vote on a bill covering the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education.
Jordain Carney contributed.
Tags Appropriations Budget Government shutdown Nancy Pelosi Richard Shelby Shutdown Steny Hoyer Steven Mnuchin

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