President Joe Biden said on the 27th (local time) about the U.S. federal government shutdown (temporary work stoppage), “Nothing is inevitable in politics,” but if a shutdown occurs, many important things in the fields of science and health will be affected. He said he could.
According to American political media outlets The Hill and The Guardian, President Biden was asked by a reporter whether he thought a government shutdown was inevitable at this point after giving a speech to a science and technology advisory group in San Francisco on this day.
In response, President Biden said, “I don’t think anything in politics is inevitable.”
When asked by a reporter what could be done at this point to prevent a shutdown, President Biden responded, “If I had known that, I would have already done it.”
President Biden’s remarks on this day came from a meeting with the Science and Technology Advisory Committee, which develops recommendations on science, technology and innovation policy, and at the beginning of the meeting, he urged Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives to take action to prevent a shutdown.
“If we have a government shutdown, many important things in science and health could be affected, from cancer research to food safety,” President Biden said. He added, “So the American people need our Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives to do the work of funding our government.”
President Biden criticized the Republican Party for not complying with the agreement to increase the debt limit signed with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Republican) in May. Under that agreement, lawmakers voted on a bill setting spending limits for next year. But now Republicans in the House of Representatives are seeking deeper cuts.
Congress faces a 28-day deadline to pass legislation to fund the government and prevent a shutdown. The Senate presented a bipartisan resolution on the night of the 26th to avoid a federal government shutdown, but as some conservative Republican lawmakers in the House showed signs of opposing the resolution, House Speaker McCarthy told lawmakers on the morning of the 27th that it be He said he would not put the resolution up for a vote.
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