Congress Failing Again


( – Congress is teetering on the edge of a partial government shutdown as critical funding discussions have hit a wall.

With the deadline looming this Friday, essential funding for numerous government agencies is at risk of evaporating.

The impasse emerged during negotiations over four key appropriations bills, spanning Agriculture, Energy, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

In a pointed “Dear Colleague” letter, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called out the difficulties posed by some members of the House. “Unfortunately, extreme House Republicans have shown they’re more capable of causing chaos than passing legislation,” Schumer expressed. He further hoped that Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) would “step up to once again buck the extremists in his caucus and do the right thing.”

Speaker Johnson, under pressure from conservative factions within his party, is navigating demands for substantial policy changes. These include reductions to agriculture program budgets, constraints on USDA spending, a prohibition on mailing abortion medication, and the introduction of a pilot program by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) aimed at limiting SNAP food purchases.

Johnson maintains that the Republican negotiation efforts were sincere. “Our position is that of the American people and our mission is to take steps to rein in Democrats’ overspending and policies that are harming the economy, raising prices, and making everyday life harder for our constituents,” he stated.

With another critical deadline on March 8 for additional appropriations bills, the threat of a full government shutdown looms large. One potential stopgap measure to prevent immediate fallout could be the passage of a short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR).