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Last minute agreement in the US Senate on the budget

Photo: J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press Conservatives are threatening to impeach the leader of the US House of Representatives, Mike Johnson.

Camille Camdessus – Agence France-Presse in Washington


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The Democratic leader of the US Senate announced an agreement on the budget on Friday evening, just minutes before the world's leading economic power risks sliding into a “ shutdown” — the paralysis of its public services.

“We have just reached an agreement to finance the federal government,” Chuck Schumer declared from the chamber.

The senators did not approve this text before the fateful deadline of midnight on Friday, supposed to trigger this paralysis. But elected officials will hold a series of votes in the middle of the night which should, barring any major surprises, result in the final adoption of this 1,200 billion dollar finance law.

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

A year of chaos

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 dismissed one of its leaders, failed to send funds to Ukraine and only narrowly avoided 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, was also the scene of spectacular developments.

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 head of the institution, Republican Mike Johnson, whom she accused of “treason”.

A handful of ultra-conservative elected officials criticize the Republican, in office since October, for having made too many budgetary concessions to the Democrats.

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

This twist also has an air of déjà vu.

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

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 world economy is facing.

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

Funds cut for UNRWA

If passed, the bill being debated this week would extend the U.S. budget through the end of the fiscal year, September 30.

This 1,012-page text, the result of very acrimonious negotiations, contains measures that 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 twelve of its approximately 13,000 employees in Gaza from being involved in the deadly October 7 attack 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 kyiv being the subject of separate negotiations.

The text debated on Friday also contains several measures related to immigration, an explosive subject in the middle of the presidential campaign, and a litany of provisions not necessarily linked to the budget.

Like the ban on American embassies from flying the rainbow flag, the standard of the LGBT + community, contrary to what some of them were accustomed to doing on the occasion of “Pride Month.”

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

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone 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 teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116