Elected officials from the House of Representatives approved a new finance law in the afternoon in an attempt to avoid a sudden drain on federal state resources at midnight on Friday, which would force hundreds of thousands of employees out of work technical.
But this text, the result of long negotiations, must now go through the Senate stage where a single defection could prevent it from being adopted in time, the agreement of all elected officials being necessary to pass to the emergency vote.
However, a handful of Republicans, most of them very close to Donald Trump, refuse this for the moment, arguing that the text would help finance Joe Biden’s decree which requires employees of companies with more than 100 people to be vaccinated, and which they oppose.
One of them, Senator Mike Lee of the very conservative state of Utah, defended his decision on Thursday.
Whether to choose between temporarily suspending non-essential activities and sitting idly by in the face of this vaccination decree, he pleaded,
i would support american workers, every time.
Departments, but also national parks and a multitude of American organizations would be affected if the threat of these elected officials was carried out. The government paralysis of winter 2018, the longest in date, had notably affected the screening of baggage at airports, a mess that the vast majority of elected officials do not want before the holidays.
Anxious to avoid this very unpopular situation among the Americans, the leaders of the two camps call on the refractories to change their minds urgently.
It’s so stupid that people opposed to science, to vaccination, say they will block the federal state because of it, lambasted the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi.
Despite these negotiations, Joe Biden was confident Thursday afternoon.
There is a strategy in place to avoid paralysis of the state, he said during a trip,
unless someone decides to behave completely foolishly.
It is certainly very common for very last minute deals to be found on temporary budgets. But the situation was uncertain enough that several economists began to quantify the price of this possible blockage, valuing it at a few billion dollars per week.
At the end of September, Congress had avoided in extremis the paralysis of federal services by agreeing to temporarily extend the budget until early December.
Other pressing issues
The urgency is twofold, because the elected officials must at the same time get down to work before the Holidays to a set of specifications that are just as crucial.
In addition to this finance law, elected officials are expected to adopt a separate defense budget.
Even more urgent, they have until December 15 to raise the debt capacity of the United States in order to avoid the first sovereign default of the world’s largest economic power.
Otherwise, the United States could find itself strapped for cash and unable to meet its payments, a potentially catastrophic situation that major powers around the world are watching closely.
If Congress manages to get rid of these sites in time, it will finally be able to debate the gigantic component of social and ecological investments wanted by Joe Biden, which the White House is impatiently awaiting.
This 1750 billion US dollar project, which includes free universal kindergarten and generous funding to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions, has been stuck for months in the limbo of the US Congress.
However, Joe Biden is desperately counting on these measures, very popular with Americans according to the polls, to revive his presidency.
The leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate has pledged that this text be adopted before Christmas. This scenario, like so many others in Congress, remains very uncertain for the time being.