Jan 11, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Schumer corners House GOP on January government shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Craig Hudson/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday teed up a Senate vote on legislation to extend federal spending past the Jan. 19 funding deadline.

Why it matters: The move puts pressure on House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to act to avoid a government shutdown despite his past pledges not to pass another stopgap and growing rebelliousness from his right flank.

Driving the news: In a floor speech on Thursday, Schumer said he will file cloture on a spending stopgap called a continuing resolution (CR), setting up a likely final vote on the measure by early next week.

  • "Unfortunately, it has become crystal clear that it will take more than a week to finish the appropriations process," Schumer said, adding that "the vast majority of us are all on the same page that a government shutdown would be a recipe for chaos."
  • It is unclear how long the CR would keep the government funded and whether it would maintain the "laddered" approach of the last CR, which funded a handful of government agencies until Jan. 19 and the rest until Feb. 2.
  • Schumer's move was first reported by Punchbowl News.

The backdrop: Schumer and Johnson reached a deal over the weekend on overall government spending levels for annual appropriations bills, but it will take considerable time to write and pass those bills.

  • Compounding matters for Johnson is that many of his most right-wing members are up in arms about the deal, and have proven willing to force a stoppage on other legislation in protest.

Between the lines: Schumer isn't the only one putting pressure on Johnson to acquiesce and pass a CR.

  • Leading Senate Republicans have acknowledged the likely need for a CR, as have some House Republicans who say the Senate's slowness is the main culprit.
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