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Reports: House Plans Vote on Stopgap Bill to Prevent Gov’t Shutdown

Capitol_BuildingHouse lawmakers plan to vote on a stopgap bill before government funding expires at midnight Friday and give congressional leaders extra time to negotiate a broader spending package, Reuters reported Wednesday.

The House bill would allow negotiators to continue discussions on a proposed $1.1 trillion omnibus budget until Wednesday, according to a separate report by Politico’s Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan.

Sherman and Bresnahan write Republican leaders will assess whether the party needs to work on the long-term funding bill during the weekend.

The Hill reported Democratic lawmakers rejected an initial GOP omnibus proposal that includes more than 30 policy riders last week and have responded with a counteroffer.

“We’ve got a lot of items to discuss and resolve,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

“We’re making some progress, but it’s been slow,” Rogers added.

The full-year spending package has been stalled by lawmakers’ disagreement over multiple provisions, including those intended to revise environmental policy, labor rights and financial industry regulation, The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wong report.

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