Lawmakers scramble for solutions with shutdown deadline just days away

With no federal budget deal in sight, Senate lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a short-term appropriations extension Tuesday in an effort to stave off a partial government shutdown later this week.

Whether the move will be enough to keep government operations open is unclear, since a number of House Republicans have already objected to the idea of another short-term funding move. But the same conservatives have also protested funding levels that House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., tentatively agreed to last week in negotiations with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

The result is confusion and uncertainty ahead of the Jan. 19 deadline to approve new funding for the departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation and Energy, and Agriculture. Without some new appropriations plan from Congress, those agencies will face a partial shutdown starting Saturday.

And the rest of the government will face similar budget issues on Feb. 2, when their appropriations authority runs out. That includes the Department of Defense, which would furlough tens of thousands of workers and halt paychecks for troops even while they are required to keep working.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Senate Homeland Security — 9:30 a.m. — 562 Dirksen
Business meeting
The committee will consider several pending nominations.

Senate Homeland Security — 10 a.m. — 562 Dirksen
Cyber Safety Review
Outside experts will testify on the findings of the Cyber Safety Review Board.

House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — Visitors Center H210
China’s Military
Outside experts will testify on Chinese military goals and U.S. policy towards the country.

House Science — 10 a.m. — 2318 Rayburn
Artemis Moon Mission
NASA officials will testify on the latest developments with the Artemis Moon Mission.

House Oversight — 2:00 p.m. — 2154 Rayburn
Artificial Intelligence
Agency officials will testify on the use of artificial intelligence in future federal operations.

House Veterans’ Affairs — 2 p.m. — 360 Cannon
VA Revolving Funds
Department officials will testify on whether or not VA funding and resources are being used to aid other federal agencies.

House Foreign Affairs — 2 p.m. — Visitors Center H210
Indo-Pacific Stability
State Department officials will testify on emerging technology issues in the Indo-Pacific region.

House Homeland Security — 2 p.m. — 310 Cannon
Transnational Threats
Outside experts will testify on worldwide threats.

Thursday, Jan. 18

House Natural Resources — 10:15 a.m. — 1324 Longworth
Telework policies
Department of the Interior officials will testify on agency remote and telework policies.

House Foreign Affairs — 2 p.m. — 2200 Rayburn
State Department officials will testify on current U.S. strategy towards Cuba.

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