US government officials have been on forced leave since Sunday if the budget is not passed
The US government is just two days away from a partial "shutdown" because Congress still has no agreement on how to fund government services, Reuters reports.
The right-wing Republican majority in the House of Representatives rejected a temporary government funding bill backed by Speaker Kevin McCarthy, meaning government services will almost certainly be partially shut down starting Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Senate is debating a separate bipartisan measure to temporarily fund the government through November 17th.
"It's not over yet, I have other ideas," McCarthy told reporters.
If Congress does not pass the government funding bill, hundreds of thousands of government employees will be sent on furlough starting Sunday, the Securities and Exchange Commission will suspend most regulatory activities, and the National Park Service will close.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that the government shutdown would "undermine" economic progress by suspending key programs for small businesses and children and could also delay key infrastructure work.