In what has become a grueling routine in the deeply divided House and Senate, the game uses the threat of a shutdown to try to score political points.
After haggling and trying to work angles, Democrats and Republicans have reached a consensus to both keep the government running and provide new aid to businesses and residents suffering from the severe economic hardships of the pandemic. Critics say the aid is not enough and a drive to hand out more will be a priority when the new Congress is sworn in next year.
With a temporary funding bill deadline at midnight Friday, the House and Senate face additional tasks with much to do and dwindling time to do it.
A government shutdown is averted for a week while partisanship keeps Congress from agreeing to a needed stimulus relief bill.
President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown — but only after undercutting his own
Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill neared completion Wednesday as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first