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Short-Term Deal Appears Likely for Govt. Funding Bill

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Reports surfaced earlier this week that a possible deal was reached for government funding. Now, short-term spending seems to be a front-runner of solutions to keep the government up and running.

A report by The Hill newspaper indicated that the White House has asked lawmakers to consider short-term measures in order to buy more time for other bills under consideration.

The push on Tuesday was made in order to give the Senate and House time to negotiate a $1 trillion “omnibus” spending bill as well as a separate tax package the White House said would boost the economy, The Hill reported.

A short-term funding bill seems likely given current and past circumstances, according to The Hill, and was somewhat inevitable as passing a “minibus” bill to fund several Cabinet departments and agencies at the end of November gave officials the idea to focus on the omnibus bill in the same way.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the two sides have agreed on 98 percent of the bill, according to The Hill. However, if no movement to approve either the short-term funding or omnibus bills happens by Friday, the government could shut down.

A similar government shutdown was barely averted in April. Since then, Congress has passed continuing resolutions to keep the government running.

In late September, there were a series of deals and one that the House approved in order to temporarily fund the federal government and run it through the week. In October, Congress passed a similar bill to, again, avoid a government shutdown and keep federal operations running for six weeks.

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