Congress Remains at a Stalemate on Shutdown-Avoiding Deal, As Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms

Government Executive: Congress and the White House remain divided in negotiations over how to avoid massive spending cuts and a government shutdown this fall, despite a deadline to act that may arrive sooner than expected.

The head of the Senate Appropriations Committee said he would not move forward on any fiscal 2020 spending bills until congressional leadership reaches an agreement on top-line funding levels, backtracking from a previous claim that his panel would move forward with those bills in July regardless of the larger budget talks.

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