Looming Government Shutdown; White House Requests Short-Term Funding

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On August 31 the White House asked Congress to approve a short-term funding measure to avert a government shutdown before money runs out at the end of September.  Currently last year’s $1.7 trillion omnibus funding bill, over 4,000 pages, is keeping the government operating until September 30, the end of fiscal year 2023.  The bill followed three smaller stopgap measures until congressional leaders negotiate the final, bigger package. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said lawmakers would likely pass a short-term solution in the form of a continuing resolution, but there’s been opposition from the House Freedom Caucus. Its members want funding measures to include stronger border security and to address the “woke” DOD policies and “weaponization” of the DOJ.  Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) said, “We should not fear a government shutdown. Most of the American people won’t even miss [it] if the government is shut down temporarily.”