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The debt deal back in August was supposed to end the threat of government shutdowns for the near future.
But a new budget impasse created by sharp partisan disputes has created another threat.
A stopgap federal spending bill passed by the Republican-controlled House appears dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled Senate and now there’s talk once again of shutting down the government if some agreement is not forthcoming soon.
Which could be a problem because Congress is not even scheduled to be in session next week. Both bodies are on holiday. Spokesmen for leaders of both parties tell Capitol Hill Blue that there are no plans at this time to call either the House or Senate back into session next week.
The House voted, along party lines, 219-203 for a spending bill to fund the government through Nov. 18.
House Democrats didn’t like the bill because it cut $1.5 billion from an Energy Department fund to provide low-interest loans to car companies and related manufacturers to build more fuel-efficient cars.
So Senate Democrats stepped in an blocked approval of the bill.
And the beat goes on.