Government Shutdown Appears “Inevitable” After McCarthy Rejects Bipartisan Senate Spending Bill

As of Friday morning (September 29), the federal government looks poised to enter another shutdown as the September 30 deadline draws near. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy vowed on September 28 not to take up a bipartisan Senate spending bill that would have kept the government running until November 17, along with providing $6 billion for Ukraine and $6 billion for U.S. disaster relief. The House is yet to introduce its own bill as Republican members have struggled to rally behind an alternative proposal, but McCarthy has stated he intends to introduce a Continuing Resolution on Friday. A government-wide shutdown, set to start at midnight on Saturday, would suspend paychecks for many of the roughly 2 million federal employees, furlough many of those workers, and disrupt government services.