Temporary funding to keep the U.S. government running after this fiscal year, which ends on September 30, could be extended until mid-December, the House majority leader said on Wednesday. Senate, Chuck Schumer.
In a conversation with reporters, Schumer also said that he intends to attach a motion to the spending bill that would help the US energy industry with an interim funding bill.
“We expect the CR (continuing resolution providing temporary funding) to come in mid-December and then we could do an additional bill” that would provide government-wide funding for the rest of the fiscal year, Schumer said.
Still, some Republicans might want to wait until next year to wrap up fiscal year 2023 spending in hopes their party wins control of at least the House of Representatives in the Nov. 8 midterm elections. This would give Republicans more say over budget priorities.
Democrats currently control the Senate, the House and the White House.
Without a stopgap funding bill, some federal agency activities deemed nonessential would have to be shut down until Congress resolves differences between Democrats and Republicans.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell warned Democrats on Wednesday not to burden a temporary spending bill with supplements to currently approved appropriations due Sept. 30.
“The cleaner the CR is, the better,” McConnell told reporters.
The additional reform motion would update federal procedures for energy-related projects, such as pipelines and export facilities.
The bill’s passage in September was part of a deal with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin during negotiations this summer on a wide-ranging legislative initiative that addresses climate change and lowers some prescription drug prices.