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3 PM ET: GOP’s new shutdown plan, NYC drying out, Paris bedbug invasion & more
CNN 5 Things
Sep 30, 2023

House Republicans plan to put forward a short-term funding bill in hopes of averting a government shutdown – but they’ll need support from Democrats to do it. Meanwhile, Kevin McCarthy's speakership could be on the line. Residents in southern Illinois are under evacuation orders after a semi-truck carrying ammonia crashes. Rainfall records were smashed in New York City yesterday in what scientists say is yet another sign of a changing climate. And Paris is dealing with a “widespread” bedbug problem ahead of the 2024 Olympics.

Episode Transcript
David Rind
Republicans have a plan, but can it stop a shutdown? Hey there. From CNN, I'm David Rind with the five things you need to know for Saturday, September 30th.
David Rind
As we post this, the federal government is still on a path to shut down at midnight tonight. But there is a lot happening on Capitol Hill right now.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy
The House is going to act, so government will not shut down. We will put a clean funding stopgap on the floor.
David Rind
In an abrupt about face, house Speaker Kevin McCarthy says he's bringing forward a short term resolution that would keep the government funded for 45 days. It includes money for disaster relief, but none for Ukraine. Here's the catch. Republicans will need support from House Democrats to get it over the line. Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries railed against the process on the House floor.
Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries
You promised the American people would have 72 hours to review any bill brought before the American people. And you dropped this bill at the 11th hour today and gave the American people minutes to evaluate it. That's unacceptable.
David Rind
The short term resolution would still need to be passed by the Senate and then signed by President Joe Biden all by midnight. So bottom line, still a ways to go before a shutdown is averted.
David Rind
Now there's another wrinkle in all this. Some hard line Republicans like Mac Gates have threatened to oust McCarthy as speaker if he brings a stopgap funding bill like this to the floor. So what does McCarthy say to that? Bring it on.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy
You know what? If somebody wants to remove because I want to be the adult in the room, go ahead and try. But I think this country's too important.
David Rind
Remember, McCarthy had to make a number of concessions to be elected speaker back in January. One of them being that any member can call for a motion to vacate the speaker's chair, leaving his speakership vulnerable during these contentious moments.
David Rind
An evacuation has been ordered in parts of a southern Illinois town after a crash involving a semi-truck that leaked anhydrous ammonia. This is into Teutopolis, Illinois, about midway between Saint Louis and Indianapolis. Authorities say the Friday night crash caused multiple fatalities. Crews worked overnight to patch the leaking truck but didn't stop it completely. Residents in a one mile radius of the crash were evacuated. There's no timetable for them to return home.
David Rind
New York City is drying out today after yesterday's historic rainfall which caused widespread flooding. I saw it with my own eyes and I can confirm it was pretty wild. But here are some stats. In Brooklyn, the National Weather Service says a month's worth of rain fell in just 3 hours in Central Park. Nearly two inches of rain fell in just one hour, the second wettest hour there in 80 years. It was the wettest day on record at JFK Airport. Experts say climate change is playing a role in extreme weather events like this. Essentially, the warmer atmosphere is soaking up more water vapor than dumping it all out and intense spurts that can overwhelm outdated infrastructure.
David Rind
After the break. How do you say "Sleep tight. Don't let the bedbugs bite" in French.
David Rind
Okay, So this next story is a little gross, so I apologize in advance. But the city of Paris is under attack from bedbugs. Yes, bedbugs. Several videos have surfaced recently showing the insects popping up on public transit, movie theaters and more. The city's deputy mayor told a French TV station that the problem is, quote, widespread. The French government has vowed action to reassure and protect the public. A representative from France's National Health and Sanitary body told CNN that the uptick is likely due to people traveling back and forth, unwittingly carrying them in their luggage. They also say bedbugs have become more resistant to insecticides. No matter the reason Parisians are scared out and calling for more action, especially ahead of the Summer Olympics there next year. The deputy mayor says there's no threat to the games, but he summed up the situation in a fairly unsatisfying way. Quote, Bedbugs existed before and they will exist afterward.
David Rind
All right. It's all for now for the very, very latest on the government shutdown talks, head over to or the CNN app. I'm David Rind. Talk to you later.