Is there going to be a government shutdown? What Congress is saying about the latest funding fight

Aug 01, 2023

WASHINGTON — Congress is out for its August recess but lawmakers will have a monumental task ahead of them when they return to Washington in September – funding the federal government.

Once lawmakers get back to Capitol Hill in mid-September, the House and Senate will be in session for roughly three weeks until the Sep. 30 deadline to pass a federal budget. On Oct. 1, a new fiscal year begins. If lawmakers cannot push through 11 out of 12 separate spending bills, after passing just one before the August recess, the country will face a government shutdown.

However, lawmakers could pass a continuing resolution, which would avert a shutdown and fund the government at current levels until an agreed upon date.