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House GOP plans to pass defense budget fail again as shutdown looms

September 21, 2023

Leo Shane III

Military Times

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., (center) speaks to reporters in the Capitol Building on Sept. 20. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)


By Leo Shane III, Military Times / September 21, 2023

With an Oct. 1 shutdown looming, House Republican leaders failed to pass their $826-billion defense bill for a third time in two weeks. Democrats object to its anti-diversity and anti-abortion-travel measures & GOP conservatives who voted against it want deeper cuts in the whole federal budget.

The latest setback on Thursday leaves next year’s Pentagon funding — and plans for any government funding past Sept. 30 — in doubt. If a short-term budget extension or a long-term funding plan is not approved in the next nine days, the appropriations lapse will trigger a partial government shutdowncanceling all non-essential military activities and furloughing hundreds of thousands of federal workers.

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