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Senate votes to advance short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown

Schumer and McConnell

The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a short-term funding measure to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week.

The Senate voted 77 to 19 to advance the legislative vehicle they will use for a continuing resolution funding government until Nov. 17.

The vote puts the Senate on a path to pass a continuing resolution (CR) later this week that it could then send to the House to avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1.

The House has been stuck on how to move forward with funding the government amid disputes among Republicans in the majority.

If the Senate does approve a CR, it could put pressure on the House to bring it to the floor and avoid a shutdown, particularly in the lower chamber has not made much progress on its own.


McCarthy reverses on Ukraine aid as GOP scrambles on funding bills

McCarthy reverses stance on funds for Ukraine

Speaker Kevin McCarthy is backtracking on his plan to remove Ukraine aid from a massive military spending bill as Republicans scramble to find a way forward on funding the government.

The California Republican’s U-turn comes a day after he told reporters he would remove the roughly $300 million from the Pentagon bill and give it a separate vote as he faced GOP pushback on its inclusion.

But in the Capitol on Saturday, McCarthy said the bill will move forward with the Ukraine aid included, arguing it would be too complicated to remove because of the Republicans’ funding strategy of bringing the Defense bill to the floor with other measures. The decision injects fresh doubt into whether the Pentagon spending bill will come up for debate at all after failing twice in recent weeks.

“It became too difficult to do that, so we’re leaving it in,” McCarthy told reporters about the Ukraine funds.


DNC chair slams McCarthy as ‘most inept speaker’ in his lifetime

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison

Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Jaime Harrison said he thinks “history will show” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as “the most inept Speaker of the House in my lifetime.”

Harrison made the comments while appearing on The Saturday Show with Jonathan Capehart when asked about the current chaos roiling the House over spending bills and a looming government shutdown. Harrison responded by saying he has “worked on the floor of the House” and has “never seen anything like it.”


McCarthy vows to strip Ukraine money from Pentagon bill after Greene ‘no’ vote

GreeneSpeaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Friday that he will strip funding for Ukraine out of a Pentagon spending bill after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) joined conservatives in blocking the legislation from advancing earlier this week.

McCarthy said he would remove the $300 million for Ukraine currently in the Pentagon appropriations bill and hold a separate vote on the funding.

“It would be out and voted on by itself,” McCarthy said when asked about the Ukraine aid in the Pentagon appropriations bill.

The Speaker’s announcement comes one day after a band of five conservatives opposed a procedural vote for the Pentagon appropriations bill, sinking the effort and preventing the legislation from moving forward. It was the second time this week that hard-liners blocked the funding bill from advancing.


Menendez to Step Down as Chair of Foreign Relations Committee

Bob Menendez indictedNew Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez was charged Friday with corruption-related offenses for the second time in 10 years. He previously fought off conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud charges from the Justice Department related to alleged personal favors.

Menendez is up for reelection next year. He has been in the Senate since 2006. Senate Democratic Caucus rules will force Menendez to step aside as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, but he can still serve on the panel.

Here's what to know about the charges announced Friday — and what is expected to happen next in the case:


House GOP Holdouts Again Stall Defense Bill, Dampen Hopes For Avoiding Shutdown

Kevin McCarthy

House Republicans were set Thursday to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and again try to get back to passing spending bills to avoid a looming government shutdown after the defense funding bill was stalled for the second time in three days.

“That was the most productive meeting we’ve had in some time and frankly we heard really good ideas,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told reporters after emerging from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) office.

But just a few hours later, McCarthy’s leadership team notified members that no further votes were expected Thursday. They said that discussions were continuing and they would give lawmakers ample notice of any potential votes in the coming days.

The notice was the latest round of the chaotic stop-and-go process House Republicans have engaged in this week to try to hammer out a position for their entire conference on federal spending.


Shutdown Prospects Grow As House GOP Fumbles Defense Funding Bill

Kevin McCarthy

A small group of rebellious House Republicans sank the annual funding bill for the Pentagon in the House Tuesday, underlining how difficult it will be to keep the entire government open and the lights on after Sept. 30.

The defense bill is usually the easiest for Republicans to vote in favor of, as it funds their top priority: national defense. But this year, it has become entangled in a wider, increasingly bitter intra-party fight in the House GOP overspending.

The vote on a rule setting the limits for floor debate on the defense bill failed on a 212-214 tally, with five Republicans voting against it. While the vote was only procedural, the reality is it, and the underlying defense bill, will probably not come back to the House floor until a deal is struck within the Republican conference.

“This is about funding our troops. This is not a place to play politics,” a frustrated House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters immediately after the vote.


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