Budget Bills

September 27, 2021
Budget Bills

That seems self-evident.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the likelihood of a lower price tag on the current $3.5 trillion budget bill.
  • The government is currently funded through Sept. 30, 11:59 p.m. – but once the clock strikes midnight, the government faces a shutdown if no funding bills have been passed. Following traditions, preparations have begun for a shutdown since a funding agreement has not been reached.
  • Democrats want to "move" or pass an infrastructure-funding stimulus bill (approx. cost $1 trillion) and a large funding bill (currently $3.5 trillion over 10 years).
  • The infrastructure bill had bipartisan support (a question remains whether it still does) considering the cost of the larger funding bill supported solely by Democrats.
  • The Stakes: The Associated Press calls the funding bill the "biggest overhaul of the nation’s tax and spending priorities in decades."
  • Why It Matters: Logistically, these bills fund the U.S. government, allowing it to function and fund programs. Politically, with Democrats in control of both houses of Congress and the White House, a question remains about whether the party (and Pres. Biden, who effectively leads the party) can garner consensus.

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