Crisis averted…once more our government is free to run without fear of shutdown.
Well, at least until the next new stalemate.
The turnaround started with a thorough accounting that showed that FEMA had enough money to continue operating until Thursday, not Tuesday like it had previously believed. Thanks to that extra stash of cash, the agency is officially able to operate until the end of the fiscal year (September 30th), and will dive into next year’s funding on October 1st.
As Ezra Klein points out, the standoff resolved itself, there wasn’t much real give or take involved. With the majority of the disaster spending problem taken care of, the Senate was able to pass a bill that then covered the last bit of funds still needed, taking most of the matching cuts off the table, too. The House Republicans have agreed to the terms and said they will not block the Continuing Resolution (CR) when they come back for a vote Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling the deal a “win for everyone.” Speaker of the House John Boehner, on the other hand, is calling it a win for the Republicans, saying, “We won this fight,” on a call to fellow Republicans. And so the partisan bickering continues.
The CR only funds the government until mid-November, so we can look forward to playing the shutdown game again in about 6 weeks.
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