The House basically wasted a week of posturing on how to move forward on spending bills in order to avoid a government shutdown on October 1.  The  Speaker’s plan was to show a united front among House Republicans by passing the appropriations bill for the Defense Department. The DoD bill has traditionally had strong bipartisan support, and this year’s bill supplies much-needed funding to pay troops more and increase housing allotments.  However, conservative Republicans wanted to add limits on abortion and also get agreement on broad cuts for domestic social programs. In the end Speaker McCarthy fell victim to the threat from conservatives to vote against the “rule” under which bills come to the floor in the House and pulled the bill. sending the House members home a day early. 

As the week ended, there were reports that the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the more moderate Republican group, the Main Street Caucus. have started talks to agree on a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open for 30 to 60 days in order to buy more time for approving the yearlong spending bills.

In addition to the CR, the talks between the two groups include the addition of a Republican border bill and the disaster relief money requested by the President for FEM...

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