Womack: Another Short-term Spending Bill Expected to Avoid Shutdown

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, said he and other GOP members of Congress are looking at another short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown this week. 

He made the comment at a gathering of Arkansas Republican leaders in Springdale at the Washington County Lincoln Day Event. 

Womack, elected House Budget Chairman in January, said he and others were looking at another short-term spending bill that would fund the government until March 22. 

One of the things Womack said he wants to address as House Budget Chairman is budget reform. The lawmaker said the current financial process under the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act isn’t allowing the government to craft a full budget in today’s divided political environment.

As of now, existing funds are set to expire on Thursday, leading to another shutdown if a new spending bill isn’t passed. CNBC reported the House is expected to vote on Tuesday to avoid that scenario. 

In January, a partial government shutdown took place for a couple days while Senate Democrats held up a short-term spending bill passed by the House. They demanded protections for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program, which expires in March. 

The shutdown ended when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, promised Democrats the Senate would take up legislation to address DACA. 

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said he doesn’t expect a DACA deal before funding expires Thursday, but the government isn’t likely to be shut down as a result. 

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