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Top Senate Appropriators Detail Full-Year Stopgap Impacts

December 8, 2023

Aidan Quigley and Peter Cohn


Collins isn't on board with House GOP fallback plan.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By Aidan Quigley and Peter Cohn, CQ / December 7, 2023

In a worst-case scenario if Speaker Mike Johnson carries out his threat of a yearlong continuing resolution, large-scale furloughs of federal workers, contract cancellations and severe disruptions in a range of government services are likely, according to Senate Appropriations aides.

In one example provided by GOP staff, the Federal Aviation Administration would be forced into a hiring freeze and could have to furlough workers for more than 20 days if across-the-board cuts that would trigger under a full-year continuing resolution take effect.

Johnson, R-La., is taking a hard line in negotiations with Democrats over spending ceilings for final 2024 appropriations bills in part because of the leverage he has with those automatic cuts as a backstop. 

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