Government shutdown to begin Sunday if no deal is reached: Live updates

September 27, 2023
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Here’s the latest on the potential government shutdown:

  • The government will shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday if Congress does not act, a possibility that looks increasingly likely.
  • Congress is in session today and trying to work through the logjam. Conservatives in the House have pushed for deep spending cuts that cannot pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. And they’re threatening Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s job.
  • Meanwhile, the Senate released a plan to keep the government funded through Nov. 17, along with some aid for Ukraine and FEMA funding. But it’s unclear whether House Republicans will accept it.
  • McCarthy suggested yesterday that a meeting with President Joe Biden to resolve the issue would be “very important,” but the White House has rejected that after the speaker blew up a previous spending agreement, saying the current crisis is up to Republicans to fix.
  • If the government does shut down, millions of federal workers and military personnel will lose their paychecks. Some essential workers, like TSA employees, will have to work without pay. But Social Security checks will continue to go out. Here’s everything you need to know about how it might affect you.
20m ago / 3:49 PM EDT

Shutdown is not inevitable, Biden says

Asked by a reporter today if a government shutdown is inevitable, Biden said, “I don’t think anything is inevitable in politics.”

Before meeting with science and technology advisers, the president was also asked if there was anything that could be done to prevent a shutdown. “If I knew that, I would have done it already,” he said.

Biden closed out his remarks by calling on House Republicans to “do their job, fund the government.” The president also pointed to the impact a shutdown could have on science: “If we have a government shutdown, a lot of vital work in science and health could be impacted from cancer research to food safety.”

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