White House Calls on Congress to Pass a Short-Term CR

August 31, 2023

The White House has called on Congress to pass a short-term funding measure to ensure the continuation of government operations beyond September 30. Congress returns from August recess on September 5th (Senate) and 12th (House), leaving very few legislative days before the end of the current fiscal year.

Disagreement between the Republican-led House and the Democratic-majority Senate over annual spending bills and proposed cuts to various programs poses a risk of a shutdown when the new budget year starts on October 1. Despite their differences, both sides have communicated a desire to prevent a shutdown.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre avoided addressing shutdown preparations directly, suggesting that Congress should shoulder the responsibility of avoiding a shutdown. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has also expressed said that a short-term funding measure could be necessary, emphasizing that a shutdown would have negative implications.

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