chairmanbidenToday “a small group of extremists” were condemnedRepublican Partycaused by peopleBudgetThe matter has reached an impasse, potentially leading to a federal government shutdown within a week. He urged lawmakers to take action and resolve the problem.
Agence France-Presse reported that Biden said during a speech at the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner that he had previously reached an agreement with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on government spending.
“But now there is a small group of extremist Republicans who don’t want to honor this deal, so every American may be forced to pay the price,” he said.
US lawmakers have until midnight on September 30 to reach an agreement on the spending bill, otherwise the government will run out of money to provide services.
He called on Republicans to get to work and fulfill the mandate given to them by the American people, saying, “Funding the government is one of the most basic responsibilities of Congress.”
A government shutdown would jeopardize the financial situation of thousands of employees working at parks, museums and other federal sites, and could also impose a steep political cost on Biden, who is seeking re-election.
The White House hopes the budget bill lawmakers pass will include $24 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Although such a plan has received support from both the Democratic and Republican parties in the federal Senate, it has been strongly opposed by some members of the House of Representatives.
Budget votes in the US Congress often turn into standoffs between the two parties, with each camp using the possibility of a government shutdown to extract concessions from the other until a last-minute solution is found.