Sarah Ferris, budget and appropriations reporter at Politico, discusses what the next few weeks will hold for budget negotiations, and the possibility of a shutdown happening on December 21.
The potential government shutdown has been postponed for a little while. The House of Representatives voted to move the deadline two more weeks to December 21. Sarah Ferris, budget and appropriations reporter at Politico, says that this is not only to account for the George H. W. Bush day of remembrance, but it also indicates that negotiations aren’t going smoothly. “The fact that they agreed to a two-week continuing resolution; that’s something that threw people for a loop on Capitol Hill. Most of us were expecting a week or 10 days. The fact that this is a two-week funding stop gap means that negotiations are not going well,” Ferris said. “It is taking a lot of time to come up with an agreement on the border wall dispute. It is taking months and months. Really, this is going to be between President Trump, as well as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to come up with an agreement on this. Senate Republicans obviously have to agree to whatever the final deal is going to be, but in the House, Democrats can really carry a lot of this bill going forward.”