UPDATE – Thursday, December 10, 2020:
The House on Wednesday, Dec. 9, approved a stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government funded for another week, sending it to the Senate with time to beat a Saturday deadline and avoid a shutdown. The legislation will keep federal agencies funded until December 18 and provide more time to reach a deal on a larger bill that would keep the government running through September 30, 2021. The Senate is expected to pass the bill before the deadline. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have called for including coronavirus relief measures in the bill. Democratic leaders have backed a bipartisan $908 billion coronavirus relief package; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin unveiled a $916 billion White House plan this past week.
Originally published December 3, 2020:
Lawmakers in Washington are preparing for the possibility that they won’t be able to pass an omnibus spending bill before a December 11 government shutdown deadline.
This would severely impact the Three Rivers economy because Sequoia National Park could close or severely limit operations. This as local small businesses might have to close or curtail operations once again as a Regional Stay at Home order could take effect within mere days. WITH UPDATE: Government shutdown
Several restaurants are currently closed or operating with temporary hours due to COVID curveballs: Wuksachi Lodge, Sierra Subs and Salads, Sage Roots, Quesadilla Gorilla. Now a government shutdown, a stay-at-home order, and the slower winter season looms. And this coming off a summer season that also included never-before-navigated pandemic challenges as well as a two-month-long wildfire smokeout with evacuations. WITH UPDATE: Government shutdown
If no comprehensive budget bill can be passed within the next week, lawmakers can pass a short-term continuing resolution that would extend government funding at current levels for a few months.
Disagreements still remain over border wall funding, veterans healthcare funding, and police budget restrictions, among other issues, and a separate defense bill worth $740 billion is also under threat amid a showdown between Congress and President Trump over legal protections for social media companies.
Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have indicated that they would prefer an omnibus bill to a short-term continuing resolution.
Lawmakers are also juggling a renewed push for another federal stimulus bill: McConnell suggested earlier this week that pandemic relief measures might also be bundled with a spending bill, but there’s no indication yet that lawmakers could pull that together in time. Government shutdown deadline approaches
COVID-19 STIMULUS ASSISTANCE
A $908 billion stimulus framework released by a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday received support from Democratic leadership on Wednesday, Dec. 2. In a major concession, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — who have not until now supported any proposal smaller than about $2.2 trillion — said the new framework could be used as a “basis for immediate bipartisan, bicameral negotiations.” Government shutdown deadline approaches
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