The House of Representatives passed a stopgap bill Tuesday to keep the government open, putting Congress on a path to avert a shutdown and ensuring that the country's operations continue smoothly. The bill serves as a temporary measure until Congress can pass the 2024 budget. Keeping the government open presents a major test for new House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who has faced competing demands from different factions within his party.
The new speaker's plan has the support of Democratic leadership and many Republicans in both chambers, although House conservatives balked at certain provisions. Despite internal disagreements, Congress recognizes the urgency of passing a budget and avoiding a shutdown. The House and Senate have diverging plans to temporarily keep agencies afloat, with Republicans proposing budget rescissions and civilian job cuts.
Congress will need to pass a second stopgap funding measure before Thanksgiving if lawmakers want to avoid a government shutdown. The negotiations for the 2024 budget have been ongoing, and Congress aims to reach a consensus on the allocation of funds for various government programs and initiatives. The budget vote is crucial for the functioning of the government and the smooth execution of essential services.