What’s going on?
Congress is facing a government shutdown unless the Senate can pass a funding bill by midnight tonight.
The House voted Thursday to approve a continuing resolution, a temporary funding measure that would keep the government open another four weeks; however, the real battle will be in the Senate.
Who’s blocking the funding bill?
Several Senate Democrats have opposed the bill, while GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham, Mike Rounds and Rand Paul have said they won’t support it. Another likely opponent is Sen. Mike Lee, who is known for voting against CRs.
Democratic leaders have been saying that they’ll block the CR unless a provision to protect DACA, a program that shields illegal immigrants brought here as children from deportation, is included in the funding bill. House Republicans added a provision to extend the Child’s Health Insurance Program by six years into the CR as a way to get Democrats on board.
On today’s show, Doc slammed lawmakers who jam other provisions into bills instead of voting on one issue at a time.
“Stop combining bills,” Doc said. “This is where they end up funneling a whole of bunch of crap and earmarks and pork and crap we don’t like into bills.”
What’s the deadline?
Federal funding runs out at midnight tonight. Congress last faced a government shutdown four years ago.
What happens if the government shuts down?
Non-essential government operations will cease – think national parks and monuments as well as passport and visa services. Government employees doing those jobs will take an unpaid leave of absence. You can learn more with our explainer here.