UPDATE: The 8 Things That Could Cause a Government Shutdown on Friday UPDATE: The 8 Things That Could Cause a Government Shutdown on Friday – NTK Network

UPDATE: The 8 Things That Could Cause a Government Shutdown on Friday

As Congress inches closer to another government funding deadline, it appears that, amid Democratic objections in particular, the parties may be closer to a shutdown, not a deal.

By NTK Staff | 03.20.2018 @11:00am
UPDATE: The 8 Things That Could Cause a Government Shutdown on Friday

Last week, NTK Network brought you “6 [Policy] ‘Riders’ That Could Risk a Government Shutdown on March 23.”

Fast forward five days, and there are now as many as eight policy items – some GOP priorities, some Democratic priorities, and some bipartisan priorities – that could, for various factions, poison the spending bill and help precipitate a third government shutdown in 2018.

Here they are:

  • Legislation “shoring up Obamacare’s insurance markets,” and sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Language in that bill that prevents federal dollars from being spents on plans that cover abortions, which even pro-choice Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said “is not going to be a major change in policy in any way”
  • Efforts to provide a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, a Democratic priority despite their rejection of a White House deal over the weekend
  • Up to $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump’s desired border wall with Mexico, with or without a DACA deal
  • The Gateway Project, a $900-million “massive New York-New Jersey infrastructure project” that is a priority of Republicans and Democrats from the northeast, and especially Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
  • Bipartisan Fix NICS legislation, which would seek to improve the background checks process for gun purchases
  • …and concealed carry legislation that some House Republicans want attached to any Fix NICS effort
  • A relatively new wild card: “a resolution directing the U.S. military to stop cooperating with Saudi bombing operations in Yemen”

The latter is a bipartisan effort from Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Since one senator can hold up any bill, one or all three of these senators could, in theory, hold up the funding bill until the Yemen resolution earns a vote.

The government runs out of spending authority on Friday, March 23. Politicoexpected to vote reported on Tuesday morning that the House is on a spending package on Thursday.

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