POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

Romney seeking consensus before possible government shutdown

Sep 29, 2023, 11:00 AM | Updated: Jan 5, 2024, 1:05 pm

Members of the Too Much Talent Band participate in a demonstration with We The 45 Million activist group outside the White House complex on September 29, 2023 in Washington, DC. The group is calling on Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy to work with Congress to avert a government shutdown and for the Biden Administration to extend student the student loan pause during a shutdown. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

(Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — Funding that fuels the U.S. government expires Saturday at midnight, but Sen. Mitt Romney is among those working behind the scenes to prevent a government shutdown from happening.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is among the lawmakers trying to find a way around a shutdown. The Deseret News reports Romney is polling fellow senators to see what kind of stopgap measures they would support.

Romney said that a majority of Republicans have shown support for a continuing resolution that includes cutting billions of dollars in funds to Ukraine, used to fight the country’s war against Russia.

The stopgap measure would also cut billions more in funding, the Deseret News reported.

However, while the bill has the possibility to be fast-tracked to a vote in the Senate and get to the House before Saturday night’s deadline, it’s unlikely to make it through the House of Representatives. There, a handful of Republican lawmakers oppose any short-term funding measure.

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Romney seeking consensus before possible government shutdown