Clock’s Ticking: Congress Grapples with Shutdown, Scandal & Impeachment Inquiry


Visitors tour the Capitol grounds in Washington, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. The U.S. government faces a shutdown unless Congress manages to overcome a budget impasse before the Sept. 30 funding deadline. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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In a week buzzing with Capitol Hill drama, Congress faces a rapidly approaching deadline — September 30 — to fund the government and avert a shutdown. House Republicans aim to advance four spending bills this week, but the move won’t help sidestep a looming shutdown.

The GOP remains divided on a short-term stopgap bill known as a continuing resolution, leaving the door wide open for the Senate to take action. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has pushed forward, vowing a bipartisan effort to keep the government functioning.

Meanwhile, drama is unfolding as the House Oversight Committee gears up for its first impeachment inquiry hearing into President Biden on Thursday. No public evidence suggests the president directly gained from family business ventures.

Adding fuel to the fire is Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, who faces bipartisan calls for resignation following his indictment on federal bribery charges.

Sen. Bob Menendez speaks during a press conference on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, in Union City, N.J. Menendez and his wife have been indicted on charges of bribery. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

With the clock ticking and stakes high, the question looms: will Congress break the deadlock to prevent a government shutdown, or are we on the brink of political chaos?

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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