What to Know in Washington: GOP Shares Demands to Avert Shutdown

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Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced demands to hold off an Oct. 1 government shutdown for a month, including an 8% temporary spending cut for domestic agencies and a resumption of border wall construction.

McCarthy (R-Calif.) scheduled a call with all GOP lawmakers at 8 p.m. last night in Washington to present the plan after negotiators representing key factions within the House GOP settled on the demands to temporarily fund the government for 31 days. A vote on the bill released Sunday is planned this week.

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The demands, which also include provisions curtailing the ability of migrants to claim asylum in the US, are anathema to most Democrats and aren’t likely to be accepted by the Democratic-led Senate, Erik Wasson reports. The bill also doesn’t contain emergency Ukraine war funds or disaster aid requested by President Joe Biden’s administration.

But if McCarthy and the plan’s authors can unite Republicans behind the strategy, it would clear the way for the House to vote on a proposal for temporary funding. Efforts to pass funding measures have ground to a halt in the House amid clashes between GOP hardliners and moderates.

The GOP strategy is turning an impending shutdown into a clash with Democrats over border enforcement as New York, Chicago, and other major cities struggle with a migrant influx.

The approach is intended to temporarily set aside differences among GOP lawmakers over how deeply and where to cut federal spending while maintaining a collision course with Democrats.

Read more: McCarthy Says Shutdown Would Be Self-Defeating for GOP

Architects of the plan hope the cause will have broader public appeal as concerns about immigration rise in new areas of the country. Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams said this month an increase in migration would “destroy” his city, seeking federal support as Republican governors bus migrants into northern cities. Wasson and Laura Litvan have more on the strategy.


  • The president will attend two campaign receptions in New York shortly after 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., the latter along with First Lady Jill Biden.


  • The House returns a 2 p.m. to tee up a continuing resolution to fund the government for a vote later this week.
  • Senators return today with plans to vote this week on a package of several spending bills.
  • For the a detailed agenda read BGOV’s Congress Tracker.

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To contact the reporters on this story: Brandon Lee in Washington at blee@bgov.com; Giuseppe Macri in Washington at gmacri@bgov.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kayla Sharpe at ksharpe@bloombergindustry.com

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