There are just six days until a government shutdown unless a stopgap funding bill passes, and Congress is out Monday to observe Yom Kippur. As of Monday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy doesn’t have that short-term funding bill. Instead, the House Rules Committee spent part of the weekend advancing the scheme cooked up by Rep. Matt Gaetz last week, one guaranteed to shut the government down.
The committee met to line up four appropriations bills to consider this week: Defense, Agriculture, State-Foreign Operations, and Homeland Security. This is Gaetz’s big idea—the House ignores government shutting down and passes all of the regular appropriations bills with drastic cuts and somehow forces the Senate and President Joe Biden to just go along with doing that. McCarthy seems to be hoping that going along with Gaetz’s plan will create enough goodwill in his conference that they’ll be willing to pass the continuing resolution to keep the government operating.
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