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Government shutdown hours away as a divided GOP caucus prepares to vote on a 45-day stopgap bill

McCarthy's defiant tone doesn't mean a bipartisan deal is happening

McCarthy exited the morning meeting striking a defiant tone — an indication of how contentious this has grown among House Republicans.McCarthy dared someone to remove him for “being the adult in the room.”

But it’s not clear the bill he’s putting to a vote has enough bipartisan support to become law, particularly without Ukraine funding. A stopgap bill with disaster aid and Ukraine money would likely pick up significant Democratic support and pass the Senate.

McCarthy dares critics to remove him from speaker seat

Speaker McCarthy, leaving a morning meeting with House Republicans, dared his critics to remove him for trying to keep the government open.

"If somebody wants to remove [me], because I want to be the adult in the room, go ahead and try," he said. "But I think this country’s too important.”

He adds: “If I have to risk my job for standing up for the American public, I will do that.”

House to vote on 45-day continuing resolution today

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said the chamber will vote today on a 45-day continuing resolution that would keep the government open until mid-November.

The bill won't contain funding for the war in Ukraine, Scalise said.

Without the Ukraine funding and with hardliner Republicans still opposing a temporary spending bill, its unlikely the measure will pass.

McCarthy-ally MTG says she will continue to oppose CR

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., left the morning meeting and insisted that she will still continue to oppose a continuing resolution that would keep the government open.

Greene, who had appeared to ditch her rebel-caucus credentials when she helped Speaker McCarthy win a protracted battle to lead the chamber, said that doesn't matter this time.

"I fought for the speaker. I fought for the gavel. ... I also voted for the debt ceiling and I got attacked over it," she told reporters. "But I told my constituents and I told the country when it comes to appropriations, you better bet I’m going to use my voting card to make sure this place does its job."

Republicans say they lack the votes for a continuing resolution

Republican Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., told lawmakers this morning there are not enough GOP votes to pass any Republican-drafted CR, or continuing resolution, to temporarily fund the government, according to a source in the private meeting.

Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., announced the House will vote on three bills: one to pay troops during a shutdown, another to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, and a third to reauthorize the nation’s flood insurance program, the source said.

Rep. Molinaro: 'Take the next best option'

Republicans have begun to leave their morning meeting and talk to the press about what was said behind closed doors.

"We presented the most conservative short-term funding option with border security available," Rep. Marcus Molinaro, R-N.Y., said, referring to the bill that was blocked on Friday. "It is necessary for us to take the next best option, which is not to abandon the people who expect services from us."

Rep. Tim Burchett says House should have started earlier this morning

Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., said the House is wasting time not trying to figure out a spending deal sooner.

"Here we are," he told reporters in the Capitol this morning after 10 a.m. "We should have been at this seven o’clock in the morning talking about it."

National parks would close if government shuts down, official says

The National Park Service plans to close its parks and furlough park rangers if the government shuts down as expected Sunday, a move that would spoil vacation plans for tens of thousands of people and put some gateway towns in an economic chokehold as long as the impasse in Congress lasts. 

The park service plans to restrict access to parks as much as possible, shuttering visitor centers, locking gates and bolting bathrooms, a senior Interior Department official said.

Areas where restrictions are difficult, such as the National Mall or some trailheads, would remain open to the public, but trash collection, emergency response and other services wouldn’t be guaranteed.

Read the full story here.

Today's Senate schedule, so far

The Senate will come back into session at noon, and the next procedural vote related to the bipartisan Senate stopgap continuing resolution will happen at about 1 p.m. (unless something changes between now and then). 

If the procedural vote passes it starts up-to-30 hours of debate, which would push us past the midnight deadline barring a time agreement.

Chart: How much federal workers make

Federal employees have greater rates of higher education compared to the overall U.S. workforce: More than half have at least a bachelor’s degree and 1 in 5 have a master’s degree or higher.

Read the full story: How federal government employees compare to the U.S. workforce in four charts and a map

Today's house schedule, so far

House Republicans will gather in person for a conference meeting in the Capitol at 9:30 this morning, according to two sources with direct knowledge.

This comes after the House failed to pass a GOP stop-gap measure with border security provisions attached yesterday, with 21 hardline conservatives issuing a political blow to Speaker McCarthy and making the prospects of a government shutdown tonight all but certain.

At 10:00 a.m., the House officially comes into session and the floor opens. There is no vote currently planned in the House.

U.S. barrels toward shutdown as House Republicans remain stuck

With a deadline hours away, congressional leaders on Saturday are scrambling to secure a last-minute funding deal to prevent a government shutdown that would inflict economic pain on millions of American families.

halting paychecks for the nation’s 4 million servicemembers and other federal workers, shuttering federal parks and monuments, and disrupting food and education programs for low-income children.

Many dejected lawmakers said a shutdown is all but inevitable at this point after conservative hard-liners in the House on Friday tanked a 30-day stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution or CR.

Read the full story here.

Who on Capitol Hill gets paid during a shutdown, and who doesn’t

Kyle Stewart and Julie Tsirkin

Members of Congress are required by law to continue getting paid during a government shutdown, even as their staff and millions of federal employees would go without pay if the funding deadline lapses.

Since that can have political implications, some House lawmakers have submitted letters to the chamber’s Chief Administrative Officer to request that their pay be withheld if the shutdown takes place as expected. Even if their pay is withheld, lawmakers would still get paid once the government reopens.

At least a handful of lawmakers, including GOP Reps. Mike Lawler of New York and Zach Nunn of Iowa, have requested a pause in their paycheck if there's a shutdown, but it's not clear exactly how many have taken that step.

When asked how many letters have been received, a spokesperson for CAO declined to comment.

Capitol Hill staffers, on the other hand, will not get paid during a shutdown.

House staff are normally paid on the last day of each month, meaning they would be receiving their last paycheck ahead of a shutdown today.

Senate staff are paid twice a month, on the 5th and 20th. If the government shuts down, they will go without pay until the government reopens.