(ReliableNews.org) – The last thing the country needs right now is a government shutdown. COVID-19 has damaged the economy enough, and the US doesn’t need something else to worry about. Fortunately, that won’t happen now.
On September 30, Trump signed a bill to fund the government until at least December 11. The funding actually lapsed for a bit, but the president told agencies to keep running because he was going to sign the continuing resolution after he returned from his rally in Minnesota.
Senator James Lankford (R-OK) expressed relief about the passage of the continuing resolution but pointed out Congress needs to pass a real budget in order for the government to run properly.
I'm glad we averted a government shutdown by passing a CR, but funding the government by a CR is never ideal. It limits Congress' ability to make necessary funding adjustments through the regular, albeit broken, budget and spending process.
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) October 1, 2020
Congress and the president could pass the necessary 12 appropriations bill during the lame-duck session. Of course, that means Democrats would have to come to the table and negotiate with Republicans. And that seems unlikely, if the delayed stimulus bill is any indication.
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