With Shutdown Deadline Looming This Week, Lawmakers Look to Buy More Time

NextGov: Federal agencies appear poised to approve another week of status quo funding to avoid a government shutdown, with lawmakers resigned to a second stopgap spending measure in fiscal 2021 as they buy time for a more comprehensive agreement.

Congressional leaders had expressed optimism they would have time to draft and pass an omnibus appropriations bill to set line-by-line funding for every agency before this Friday’s deadline, but several outstanding issues have delayed that process. Absent congressional action, agencies would be forced to shut down Dec. 12.

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