U.S. Congress: Leaders of both parties want to avert a partial shutdown of U.S. government agencies before the end of January


A partial shutdown of the U.S. government agencies in January seems to have been averted for the time being. Democratic and Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress have agreed on a financial package to prevent the so-called shutdown.

Mike Johnson, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, spoke on Sunday of a package of 1.6 trillion dollars for the fiscal year 2024. According to the Republican, $886 billion of this is earmarked for defense and $704 billion for other spending.

The funds, which are not related to defense, would protect key domestic priorities such as benefits for ex-soldiers, health care and food subsidies from cuts, said the two ranking Democrats, Chuck Schumer and Hakeem Jeffries. They put non-defense spending at $772.7 billion – almost $69 billion more than Johnson said.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democratic-controlled Senate must agree on details. U.S. President Joe Biden said the agreement brings the country one step closer to "preventing an unnecessary government shutdown and protecting key national priorities."