Government shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, speaks with reporters inside the U.S. Capitol after returning from a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

A partial government shutdown is days away. There’s no agreement on federal funding yet.

BY: and - February 27, 2024

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden huddled with top congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday amid a crunch over government funding as well as a familiar stalemate over assistance to two major allies — and no solution immediately in sight. Lawmakers leaving the meeting, which lasted about an hour, said it was worthwhile, even […]

The U.S. Capitol. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Congress speeds through short-term government funding bill before Friday shutdown deadline

BY: - January 18, 2024

WASHINGTON — Congress will have until early March to finish work it was supposed to complete last fall — and will avert a partial government shutdown — under a bill both chambers approved with broad bipartisan support Thursday. The 77-18 vote in the Senate and 314-108 vote in the House sent the bill to President […]

The U.S. Capitol on Jan. 16, 2024. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate moves to avoid a partial government shutdown, but time running short

BY: - January 16, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate took a broadly bipartisan vote Tuesday to advance a short-term spending bill, but both chambers of Congress must approve the legislation before a Friday funding deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown. The 68-13 procedural vote moves the bill toward a final vote in the Senate in the coming days, […]

U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, reads a statement about government spending to reporters inside the Capitol building on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

With partial government shutdown a week away, Johnson says he’ll stick to spending deal

BY: - January 12, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson committed Friday to following the topline spending agreement he struck with Democrats less than a week ago, following a day of speculation that he was preparing to walk away from the deal. “Our top line agreement remains,” Johnson said in a statement to reporters just off the House […]

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, walks back to his office following a vote in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 11, 2024, in Washington, D.C. (Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images)

New turmoil over possible shutdown in D.C. amid warnings of a WIC food program shortfall

BY: and - January 11, 2024

WASHINGTON — Meetings on Thursday between U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson and conservative lawmakers led to speculation he was about to walk away from the bipartisan spending agreement he signed off on just this past weekend — a decision that would greatly increase the chances of a partial government shutdown next week. Also Thursday, Biden […]

Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale speaks during a press conference inside the U.S. Capitol on immigration and border policy on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. Also pictured from left are Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Tennessee Rep. Andy Ogles, Florida Rep. Cory Mills and Illinois Rep. Mary Miller. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Another stopgap spending bill in the works as Congress struggles to avert shutdown

BY: - January 10, 2024

WASHINGTON — Congress on Wednesday appeared to be on track to pass a third deadline extension for at least some of the government funding bills that were supposed to become law more than three months ago — putting off a potential government shutdown. The move, while not final, would give the Republican House, Democratic Senate […]

U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, speaks during a press conference following the Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 9, 2024, in Washington, D.C. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Immigration talks center on parole, asylum policy; Thune says deal unlikely before deadline

BY: - January 9, 2024

WASHINGTON —  A deal on changes to immigration policy remained elusive on Tuesday for top U.S. Senate negotiators. Those leading the talks — Sens. James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut and Kyrsten Sinema, independent of Arizona — have worked for weeks to strike a deal between the White House and Senate […]

President Joe Biden in the White House Rose Garden on Oct. 11, 2023. (Official White House photo by Oliver Contreras)

Biden signs stopgap spending bill, avoiding government shutdown 

BY: - November 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has signed the stopgap spending bill, giving his administration and Congress about two months to work out agreement on the dozen annual spending bills. Those appropriations measures were supposed to become law by the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, but disagreement about whether to adhere to the […]

Committee Chair U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) speaks during a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee at Dirksen Senate Office Building on Nov. 8, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Congress sends stopgap spending bill to Biden’s desk, averting shutdown for now

BY: - November 15, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators voted 87-11 to approve legislation Wednesday that would fund the government into next year, clearing the measure for President Joe Biden’s signature. The stopgap spending bill, sometimes called a continuing resolution or CR, would fund part of the government until mid-January and the rest of the programs within the annual appropriations […]

The U.S. Capitol on April 4, 2023. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

With yes vote from SD’s Johnson, House passes stopgap spending bill

BY: - November 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House took a broadly bipartisan vote Tuesday to fund the government into the new year, though the measure must pass the Senate by the end of the week if Congress is going to avoid a partial government shutdown. The 336-95 House vote was the first major legislative test for Speaker Mike […]

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, speaks with reporters about a stopgap government funding bill inside the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Congress clears bill to avert shutdown, with vote promised later on Ukraine aid

BY: - September 30, 2023

UPDATED 10 a.m. Central, 10/1/23 WASHINGTON — Congress approved a bill Saturday night that would stave off a government shutdown until at least mid-November, though the measure doesn’t include Ukraine aid backed by both Republicans and Democrats. The bipartisan 88-9 vote in the U.S. Senate, just hours before a midnight deadline, took place after the […]

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy takes questions from reporters on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023 at the U.S. Capitol. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Government shutdown nears: U.S. House GOP fails to pass one-month spending plan

BY: , , and - September 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — A sweeping government shutdown appeared inevitable on Friday, with the U.S. Senate stuck in a procedural holding pattern on its bipartisan stopgap bill and divided U.S. House Republicans unable to pass their short-term spending bill. Both chambers of Congress must approve and President Joe Biden must sign government funding legislation before midnight on […]