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US Senate votes on budget, avoiding paralysis

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar23,2024

US Senate votes on budget, avoiding paralysis

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Friday, the budget vote in the House of Representatives was the scene of spectacular twists and turns (Archive photo)

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The American Congress adopted on Saturday a text aimed at financing the federal state until September and avoiding the world's leading economic power to slide into a “shutdown”, the paralysis of its public services.

The senators did not approve this text before the fateful deadline of midnight on Friday, supposed to trigger this paralysis. But elected officials ended up agreeing on the final adoption of this 1,200 billion dollar finance law.

It was not easy, but our perseverance was worth it, declared the Democratic leader of the US Senate Chuck Schumer from the hemicycle, after hours of intense negotiations with the Republicans.

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Senator Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader of the United States Senate. (File photo)

It's good for the Americans that we reached an agreement, he added, before the #x27;final approval of the text.

This small delay should have no major impact on American ministries, which risked being deprived of funding due to lack of agreement.

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More than a great danger for the United States, these last minute twists and turns illustrate the chaos reigning in the American Congress.

Over the past year, the institution has dismissed one of its leaders, failed to send funds to Ukraine and avoided, really narrowly, the bankruptcy of the world's leading economic power.

Friday morning, the vote on the federal state budget in the House of Representatives, which was also supposed to approve this text, took place. x27;elsewhere was the scene of spectacular twists and turns.

A few minutes after the vote, elected official Marjorie Taylor Greene, close to Donald Trump, declared that she had filed a motion to oust the leader of the institution, Republican Mike Johnson, whom she accused of treason.

A handful of ultraconservative elected officials criticize the Republican, in office since October, for having made too many concessions budget to Democrats.

We need a new speaker, said the elected official, known for her escapades, her provocations and her insulting remarks, to journalists.

This twist of theater also has an air of déjà vu.

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Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson during a press conference at the Capitol in Washington, January 17, 2024. (Photo by archives)

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was impeached only a few months ago in a very similar scenario.< /p>

Will Mike Johnson be the second Republican leader to bear the brunt of budget negotiations?

The tension surrounding the adoption of these budget laws is such that the United States has so far failed to adopt any budget for 2024 – a situation unlike any other major global economy is facing.

They instead operated for months through the adoption of mini-budgets, expiring after a few weeks, a headache for American departments .

If passed, the bill debated this week will extend the US budget until the end of the x27;fiscal year, September 30.

This 1012-page text, the result of very acrimonious negotiations, contains measures which would have strong repercussions abroad.

The text thus prohibits any direct funding from the United States to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, at the heart of a controversy since Israel accused at the end of January 12 of its approximately 13,000 employees in Gaza to be involved in the deadly October 7 attack perpetrated by Hamas.

The bill also contains hundreds of millions of dollars for Taiwan, but does not release any funding for Ukraine, with the envelope for Kiev being the subject of separate negotiations.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The text debated on Friday also includes several measures linked to immigration, an explosive subject in the middle of the presidential campaign, and a litany of provisions not necessarily linked to the budget.< /p>

For example, the ban on American embassies from flying the rainbow flag, the standard of the LGBTQ+ community, contrary to what some of them were accustomed to celebrating pride on the occasion of the month.

A text adopted on March 9 had already made it possible to complete another part of the 2024 budget.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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