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U.S. Congress, White House mull stop-gap funding bill to avoid government shutdowns

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The U.S. Congress and the White House are discussing legislation to keep U.S. government agencies operating beyond Nov. 21 when existing funding expires, with an eye toward avoiding shutdowns as Democrats could be moving to impeach President Donald Trump, lawmakers and a White House official said on Tuesday.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, a Republican, told reporters that a range of dates were possible for the duration of the next stop-gap funding bill.

A bill lasting until mid-December or even well into 2020 was possible. “My assessment the other day was it would probably go through February. I could be totally wrong,” Shelby said of a temporary spending bill that would be needed because Congress has failed to finish work on any of the dozen regular appropriations bills for fiscal 2020, which began on Oct. 1.

6th November 2019


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