The US is again at risk of a government shutdown: legislators negotiate in Congress within hours of the legal limit.
The leaders of both parties in the House of Representatives announced that they had reached an agreement. However, it is not yet known if this initiative will be approved in the Senate.
The US Congress is advancing its negotiations to avoid a government shutdown just 48 hours before running out of funds. However, a group of Republicans has threatened to paralyze the Administration in protest of President Joe Biden's vaccination regulations. But, for now, Congress overcame the first hurdle bypassing the law in the House of Representatives to avoid the paralysis of the federal government.
The Senate must approve this bill. Several Republicans threaten to block the initiative to protest against the mandatory vaccination in some sectors decided by the Joe Biden government.
This Thursday, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the US House of Representatives announced that they had reached an agreement to pass a law to avoid the closure and increase funds until February 18. At that time, they will have to get another deal to prevent the Administration from being paralyzed.
" This is a good consensus that allows an adequate amount of time for both sides in both houses to complete the negotiations on the appropriations, " said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
In a press conference, the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, had announced that that House would vote on the agreement this Thursday with the idea that the Senate could consider the measure before the funds of the House expire. The government on Friday at midnight.
The problem, however, is that it is not yet known if that initiative will be approved in the Senate due to the fierce opposition that a group of Republican senators led by Mike Lee of Utah has expressed to Biden's rules for large companies to force your employees to get vaccinated.
That group of senators has rebelled against their leader, Mitch McConnell, who had promised to reach an agreement with the Democrats to avoid a government shutdown. " We need to pass it, and that's what we are going to work to do," the Senate's top Republican McConnel told reporters.
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans wanted to repeat the Christmas government shutdown that occurred three years ago during the presidency of Donald Trump (2017-2021).
That was the most extended shutdown in US history at 35 days, although the Administration had run out of funds 20 times since 1976 when new budget laws were passed.
Most government agencies, museums, and national parks close their doors when the government runs out of funds, while hundreds of thousands of federal employees are temporarily out of work and without pay.