United States – The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will make a legislative attempt at funding a wide spectrum of federal agencies’ operations for the 2019 fiscal year, which began on October 1st, as a new threat of another partial shutdown looms, as reported by Reuters.

If the House and Democratic-majority Senate do not pass and send the six financial bills to President Joe Biden, federal employees will be put on furlough, and some agency operations will be suspended. This is timed to mark the expiry of the temporary funding on Saturday.

Deadline Pressure and Agency Operations

The 1,050-page bill provides the extension of funds for numerous agencies, such as agriculture, justice, transportation, housing, and urban development. These cuts will also affect base construction and veterans’ health care.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, with a paper-thin majority of 219-213 Republicans in the chamber, resorts to Democratic votes to secure passage to the Senate, which wants to act on it by the end of Thursday or Friday.

On Tuesday night, just a few hours before a deadline, the far-right House Freedom Caucus asked other Republicans to vote against the budget, accusing it of breaking previous spending caps enacted in June and “punting on nearly every single Republican policy priority.”

Most of its members cast off the ballots regarding the spending bills very little.

House Freedom Caucus Opposition

The group hopes for a much bigger package in terms of deficit cuts (debt approaching USD 34.5 trillion), which is quite unattainable if you consider the consent of the Senate or Biden’s signing.

Congress is now more than a half-year past the day when it must have done its first article of business — to pass the full-year funding legislation. Senate adoption of these two bills would allow lawmakers to consider the remaining six bills before the 22nd of the same month.

Within the second package of notable government agencies, such as the Defense Department, Homeland Security, State Department, and Health and Human Services, the defense agency holds its place.

Funding Gaps and Discretionary Spending

When combined, the two sets of bills would total USD1.66 trillion for fiscal 2024, less than the discretionary spending of USD1.7 trillion, which the funding was allocated for in the previous year, as reported by Reuters.

Besides the FBI, the EPA, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, all of which would face budget reductions, other agencies would as well.