WASHINGTON — With fewer than two days left to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown, House GOP leaders said the chamber would vote Friday on a partisan, short-term spending bill that has no chance of passing in the Senate.
“We actually need a stop-gap measure to allow the House to continue to finish its work, to make sure our military gets paid, to make sure our border agents get paid as we finish the job that we’re supposed to do,” McCarthy told reporters.
The bill ostensibly would fund the government through Oct. 31. But it has effectively no chance of passing the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, or of being signed by President Joe Biden.
It was also unclear Friday whether the bill could even garner enough support from House Republicans to pass its first test, a vote to set the rules of debate expected later in the day.
Ahead of the vote, McCarthy acknowledged that risk.
“We’ll see when the vote comes,” he said.
The Senate easily advanced its own short-term funding bill Thursday by a 76-22 margin. The next vote in that chamber is scheduled for Saturday.
The Senate bill is likely to be amended ahead of Saturday’s vote, and the next version could contain stronger border security measures that House Republicans are demanding.
Missing the Senate vote will be Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who died late Thursday at her home in Washington, D.C.
The government is scheduled to shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday if a funding bill is not approved by Congress and signed into law by Biden.
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