Final gasp strikes to stop a US authorities shutdown took a dramatic step ahead Saturday, as Democrats overwhelmingly backed an eleventh-hour Republican measure to maintain federal funding going for 45 days, albeit with a freeze on Washington’s large assist to Ukraine.
The stopgap measure adopted 335-91 by the Home of Representatives was pitched by Speaker Kevin McCarthy with simply hours to go earlier than a midnight shutdown deadline that may have seen thousands and thousands of federal staff and navy personnel despatched dwelling or required to work with out pay.
Ninety of the votes in opposition to the measure got here from Republicans.
The deal nonetheless must be accredited by the Democrat-controlled Senate.
The shutdown disaster was largely triggered by a small group of hardline Republicans who had defied their very own celebration management to scupper numerous momentary funding proposals as they pressed for deep spending cuts.
Saturday’s settlement might find yourself costing McCarthy his job, because the hardliners had threatened to take away him as speaker if a stopgap measure they opposed was handed with Democrat assist.
Pitching his last-gasp proposal, McCarthy had appealed to each Republicans and Democrats to “put your partisanship away” and dismissed the risk to his job.
“If any person desires to take away (me) as a result of I wish to be the grownup within the room, go forward and take a look at,” he stated.
The proposed plan would preserve the federal government funded at present ranges with out the hardline-backed spending cuts that Democrats had seen as a non-starter. Nevertheless it additionally doesn’t embody funding for Ukraine.
Arming and funding Ukraine in its battle in opposition to the Russian invasion has been a key coverage plank for President Joe Biden’s administration and, whereas the stopgap is just momentary, it does elevate questions over the political viability of renewing the multibillion-dollar movement of help.
The Senate had been ready to vote by itself stopgap invoice later Saturday — one which did embody funding for Ukraine.
Final week Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Capitol Hill to attempt to persuade the slowly rising variety of skeptical Republican members of Congress not to surrender on his nation.
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