Congress Racing To Avoid Govt. Shutdown, Again

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With time running out until the federal government is forced to a halt after the plug on its funding is pulled, lawmakers in the House and Senate are scrambling to pass appropriations bills before the Nov. 18 deadline.

With four days left, lawmakers have yet to agree on legislation regarding spending measures that set annual budgets for government agencies.

The idea over the last few weeks has been that Congress will be able to agree on a continuing resolution to prevent a shutdown of the federal government. The extension would last until an undetermined date in December.

According to a report in Federal Times, Congress is also working on passing a package of three bills to fund the departments of Justice, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, and Agriculture in addition to NASA and a collection of smaller agencies.

Both the House and Senate have already passed their own versions of the bills, which means it will be up to a joint conference committee to reach a final agreement.

House Republicans have said the continuing resolution, which is known as the “minibus,” spending bill, will be tacked on to H.R. 2112, according to a report by The Hill.

If an extension is passed, the Postal Service will most likely have to again delay a legally required $5.5 billion payment into a retiree health care fund, which was originally due at the end of September.

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