United States – On Tuesday, the U.S. Congress pursued the frantic task of evolving a comprehensive spending budget for defense, homeland security, and a wide range of other expenditures following the deal reached by the congressional leaders and the White House.

Shutdown Deadline

The closing of government offices will begin on Friday at midnight. If no action is taken prior to 12 AM, it will follow.

It was estimated to cover more than three-quarters of the USD 1.66 trillion outstanding for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, which includes all of the discretionary spending.

The U.S. Congress worked against a short timeline on Tuesday to write an omnibus bill that provides funding for the military, homeland security, and other government programs following an accord between congressional leaders and the White House.

With Friday approaching midnight, and if no action is taken, many federal agencies are scheduled to start winding down some of their operations.

Budget Overview

The package is anticipated to support about three-quarters of the USD 1.66 trillion discretionary government spending for the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30.

The uncertainty was mounting whether the fifth continuation resolution, one of which was endorsed since September, would be asked to keep federal agencies running until the big bill is enacted into law.

Bipartisan Accord

Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer simultaneously announced the deal in media releases on Tuesday morning.

President Biden promptly welcomed the deal, posting on X: “The House and Senate are now working to finalize a package that can quickly be brought to the floor, and I will sign it immediately.”

Legislative Efforts

The actual text of the agreement, which would be, has not yet been finalized by representatives. Aides withheld the information, either, until the language was nailed down.

The legislation will fund other agencies besides the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, such as the State Department and the Internal Revenue Service of the Treasury Department, which are to observe the taxpayers’ deadline of Apr. 15.

For instance, right before the February recess, Congress funded some agencies which included the Department of Agriculture, Justice, Transportation and Interior.

Debt Concerns

Yet the country still faces even harder battles since its USD 34.5 trillion national debt keeps growing. Biden and House Republicans released budget proposals for the next fiscal year, which begins in October. Both budgets show different priorities regarding spending.

Urgent Aid for Ukraine

Additionally, President Johnson is also against the passage of a USD 95 billion package that includes the money that advocates say needs to be invested to Ukraine urgently for the continuation of its war against Russia.

The measure has received unanimous approval from the Senate and is considered to have a good chance of being adopted by the House if only the lawmakers were given a chance to vote.

Democrats and Republicans in The House of Representatives have bitterly divided since very early last year on funding levels, while it’s a wish of hardline Republicans in the House of Representatives to spend less money than what was agreed to in a bipartisan deal that was enacted into this law.

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