Democrats Urged 'Hold the Line' at Congressional Baseball Game Amid Shutdown Tensions

Members of the crowd at the Congressional Baseball Game in Washington on September 29 were heard urging Democrats to “hold the line” on their spending plans as a potential government shutdown loomed.

Video posted by Sarah Gwinn shows a crowd chanting and holding signs urging that a $3.5 trillion Democratic spending plan be approved.

The annual charity event at Nationals Park saw lawmakers from both side of the aisle face off, with the Republicans enjoying a narrow 13-12 win. At the game, President Joe Biden was seen talking with lawmakers, speaking on the phone, and handing out ice-cream.

There were hopes that a deadlock on Capitol Hill could be averted at least temporarily on September 30, the Washington Post said, with a vote to be held on “a short-term spending bill that would fund the government into early December”.

A separate vote on the debt ceiling would be needed before October 18. Credit: Sarah Gwinn via Storyful

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