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International News: United States Government shutdown imminent as Republicans reject own funding bill

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2023. 2:17 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: Today, Republicans in the U.S. House rejected a bill proposed by their leader to temporarily fund the government, Reuters report.

This means that federal agencies will partially shut down beginning on Sunday.

Lawmakers rejected in a 232-198 vote a measure to fund the government for 30 days to give lawmakers more time to negotiate.

The bill would have cut spending and imposed immigration and border security restrictions, Republican priorities that had little chance of passing the Democratic-majority Senate.

Meanwhile, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that a government shutdown would “”undermine” U.S. economic progress.

The shutdown would be the 4th in a decade and comes just four months after a similar standoff brought the federal government within days of defaulting on its $31 trillion-plus in debt.

U.S. President Joe Biden warned that a shutdown could take a heavy toll on the armed forces.

“We can’t be playing politics while our troops stand in the breach. It’s an absolute dereliction of duty,” Biden said.


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