Lawmakers show some optimism on avoiding shutdown

By Emma Dumain | 02/27/2024 06:40 AM EST

Senator from both parties said Monday that passing four spending bills was a priority ahead of a March 1 deadline.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is distancing himself from congressional conservatives who want contentious policy riders in spending bills. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Senators on both sides of the aisle were guardedly optimistic Monday about the chances of averting a partial government shutdown later this week.

It’s in the House, however, where questions remain about the GOP majority’s appetite for avoiding a federal funding lapse — and lawmakers in that chamber aren’t expected back in Washington until Wednesday, just two days ahead of a Friday night deadline to keep parts of the government open.

Text of four fiscal 2024 bills, which were expected to be released over the weekend, are in indefinite limbo over policy rider fights.


“While we’ve made some good progress on a number of fronts, unfortunately our House Republican colleagues are still struggling to figure themselves out,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Monday in a floor speech. “There’s a lot of uncertainty over how the House will proceed in the coming days.”