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Senate and House Spilt on FY24 Funding Bills

Congressional leaders have yet to final the fiscal 2024 federal funding legislation despite funding authorities expiring at the end of the month. 

“We have been working closely together from day one to run an open, bipartisan process, to get input from all of our colleagues, and to make sure that everyone can make their constituents’ voices heard,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, said Sept. 13.

 “We know our work is not done yet. But we are committed to showing the American people that this place can actually work,” she said, adding, “That members with different viewpoints can actually come together, in a timely, responsible way, to get our communities the resources they need, and to help people and solve problems — which is why so many of us got into politics in the first place.”

The Senate bill would dedicate $98.9 billion for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

For transportation agencies, it would dedicate $20.2 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration, $16.8 billion for the Federal Transit Administration and $3.4 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would receive nearly $1 billion under the legislation.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), has been pressuring his House counterparts to embrace bipartisanship to avoid a government shutdown.

“The American people don’t want a shutdown. It would undo so much of our progress to lower costs, create millions and millions of jobs, and help our economy recover from the pandemic,” Schumer said Sept. 12. “So, I once again implore House Republican leadership to reject all-or-nothing tactics, reject unrealistic expectations, and refuse to cave to the extremist demands we’re hearing from 30 or so members way out on the fringe.”

“There is only one way we will avoid a costly government shutdown: bipartisanship,” the Senate leader continued.

On the House side, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has yet to schedule floor consideration for the transportation funding bill and other similar measures. 

“The Senate: They want to spend a lot more money. The House: We’re much more conservative. We want to save the taxpayers’ money. We want to eliminate the wokeism. We want to protect our border. I know that makes it very hard on this administration when they want to have a wide open border. And doing so, we can change our differences,” said McCarthy on Sept. 14.

“I don’t think it’s productive to have a government shutdown during that time. I don’t know who wins and I don’t know how that — watching the shutdowns before — how is that productive to get the objectives that you want to achieve for the American public,” the speaker continued.

At the White House on Sept. 13, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre focused on Congress’ role. “The shutdown should not happen. That is Congress’ job: to avoid a shutdown. I’ve said over and over again here at this podium just — for the past couple of minutes that these are vital programs that American families need,” she told reporters. “So that’s their basic duty. Their basic duty is to keep the government open.”

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