Now lawmakers must negotiate a budget deal that President Obama will agree to sign to keep the government operating through FY16. Congress is expected to determine FY 2016 funding after the November recess.
Congressional leaders and advocates now are calling for a broader budget deal that ends the Budget Control Act sequester spending caps.
“Avoiding a shutdown is just the first step. Next, we need a budget deal to cancel sequester. I challenge [Senate] leadership to work with Speaker Boehner to enact a new topline budget deal by the end of October. We can’t let October brinksmanship become a Christmas crisis.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the media on September 29 that he would begin discussions with House and President Obama to achieve a budget agreement for FY16 and FY17 “very soon.”
Congress also faces another debt ceiling vote in the coming weeks. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew notified Congress on October 1, 2015 that the U.S. will reach the current debt ceiling limit around November 5, 2015. He urged Congress to act to raise the debt ceiling as soon as possible.
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