Claudia Grisales, congressional reporter at Stars and Stripes, discusses the impending shutdown if Congress misses the deadline to fund the government, and the cost of the F-35 program leveling out.
It’s coming down to the wire for Congress to pass a new funding bill before the current continuing resolution expires. Congress has until Friday to fund the rest of the 2018 fiscal year, start a new continuing resolution or face another shutdown. “We have seen this play a few times before. This is going to mark the end of the latest continuing resolution which was passed in February. They’ll have until Friday night to push out a big, massive omnibus spending bill, and a lot of folks are worried that it may not happen,” said Claudia Grisales, congressional reporter at Stars and Stripes. “And there’s been some talk of another continuing resolution to hold the government over for a few days, perhaps, so they can reach this bigger deal.” Grisales says we don’t know what will happen over the next five days, but the odds are good that it will result in another continuing resolution. However, the threat of shutdown is still looming. “I can see them going in both directions, where they unveil this big massive spending bill and as everyone’s trying to make sense of it, the clock may run out. And so hopefully, we don’t look at a government shutdown over the weekend like we did last time. Although it wasn’t that disruptive, it is still a possibility,” Grisales told Government Matters. “I can see them trying to unveil this deal by the end of the week, or just buy themselves some time, a few days, and then unveil it when they are ready.”