Congressional Republicans Work to Dodge Government Shutdown
Still reeling from their recent success of passing the much-anticipated tax reform legislation, Congressional Republicans are now working diligently to avoid a government shutdown.
To avoid a potential government shutdown, the Senate will need to pass the short-term budget that was just approved by the House. If passed, most of the federal programs already in place will stay funded at current spending levels until January 19, 2018. Many members are on board with the approval of the short-term extension, however, it is the long-term extension of some programs from one to four years that is most concerning. It is also the main reason why so many are appealing the approval.
Retiring Republican Charlie Dent from Pennsylvania says he has seen plenty of things happen in his seven-year terms that makes him confident that a shutdown can definitely be avoided at this time.
“There will be drama, there will be chaos, there will be yelling and screaming, and then we will avert a shutdown…but that’s what happens unfortunately. It shouldn’t be this way,” said the representative.
Specific cuts that have many concerned include our military, assistance for hurricane and wildfire victims, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Democrats are not budging on their refusal to approve the budget.
To see what other programs may be affected by the government shutdown, and if the Republicans and Democrats can reach an agreement on the issues, watch the video clip below.
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