Schumer Announces Stopgap to Fund Government Through December

On the Senate floor Wednesday morning, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that Democrats are crafting a stopgap bill to fund the government through December to avert a shutdown on Friday. Schumer said that the bill will extend government funding to Dec. 3, and will provide “long-sought” emergency relief to areas affected by Hurricane Ida as well as emergency funding for the ongoing Afghan special immigrant crisis. On Monday, Senate Republicans successfully filibustered a bill with the same measures by blocking debate on the continuing resolution. With these ongoing crises, Schumer said: “the last thing the American people need is a government shutdown. This proposal will prevent one from happening.” Democrats have also emphasized that the nation’s first ever default could arise from a failure to raise the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned that the results of such a default would be “catastrophic.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned …Read More

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