House to Debate 4 Budget Bills; McCarthy Promises Funding Stopgap to Avoid Government Shutdown

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On Tuesday the House passed a procedural vote allowing consideration of four individual spending bills totaling almost $1.1 trillion just days before the fiscal year ends.  Immediately following the vote, House Speaker McCarthy pledged to bring a continuing resolution (CR) to the House floor by the end of the week to extend government funding temporarily.  The Senate also passed a procedural vote to propose its own CR for consideration.  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said, “This rule moves us on to single-subject spending bills, and this is the only way to liberate this House and this country from the scourge of governing by continuing resolution and omnibus legislation.”  The House CR will likely be a version of the Continuing Appropriations and Border Security Enhancement Act, while the Senate’s stopgap bill to temporarily fund the government would add $6.15 billion for Ukraine and $5.99 billion for disaster relief.