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US politics news summary | 1 October 2023

For the latest from Capitol Hill after the the government shutdown was narrowly avoided with an emergency 45-day funding bill.

Headlines: Sunday, 1 October

- Government shutdown has been avoided with 45-day emergency funding bill

- Senator Dianne Feinstein has passed away at the age of 90. 

- The Senate dress code has been reversed to formal attire after facing backlash 

- The third GOP primary debate will take place on 8 November in Miami

The reasons why a large health care strike could happen soon in the US

Eight unions have said they have not reached an agreement with healthcare company Kaiser Permanente which could result in the largest strike ever in the sector.

75,000 workers are set to walk out on Wednesday; doctors, hospital managers, and registered nurses will not be taking part.

Workers are demanding wage increases, protection from outsourcing and a resolution to a staffing shortage.

What happens when a Senator dies? How are vacancies filled?

In the Constitution, in Article I, Section 3, requires that each state be represented by two Senators. So, even if a Senator from a particular state dies or leaves office, there must always be two Senators representing that state in the Senate.

The death of Diane Feinstein means California begins the hunt for her successor.


McCarthy could be out of a job this week

McCarthy got the bill passed with Democrat support, in defiance of the right of his party.They had already vowed to topple him if he tried to overcome their opposition with Democratic support.

Hardline Republicans in both houses of Congress voted against the motion.


What will happen to McCarthy?

McCarthy's choice to introduce a bill on the floor in an effort to secure Democratic backing might jeopardize his position as Speaker of the House, with staunch conservatives persistently contemplating a vote to remove him from his prominent leadership role.

Following the vote, McCarthy displayed a resolute demeanor, challenging those who opposed him to attempt his removal, asserting that his actions were essential for effective governance.


The president's reaction

In a statement released shortly after the Senate vote, President Joe Biden said "extreme House Republicans" had sought to create a "manufactured crisis", and urged Speaker McCarthy to allow a further funding deal for Ukraine to pass without delay.

He said: "We cannot under any circumstances allow American support for Ukraine to be interrupted."


What was not included in the bill?

The emergency bill was stripped of any new aid for Ukraine for its war against Russia, something wanted by he Democrats.

but Republicans had railed against the spending in support of the European nation.


What happened last night?

A bill ensuring funding until 17 November received overwhelming support, and was signed into law by President Joe Biden minutes before a deadline.


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The big news is the narrow avoiding of a government shutdown.

We will bring you the latest fallout frm the important vote last night.