Facing a Saturday morning deadline to avoid a government shutdown, House lawmakers have released a one-week spending bill to keep the government open while they negotiate a deal.
Government funding expires on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. The weeklong stopgap measure would give lawmakers more time to settle on a five-month spending bill that would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year.
“This continuing resolution will continue to keep the government open and operating as normal for the next several days, in order to finalize legislation to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year,” House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R., N.J.) said in a statement.
The timing of votes on the measure was unclear, but it was expected to pass. Congressional leaders have been inching toward a deal to fund the government through the rest of fiscal 2017, which ends Sept. 30, and the most contentious issues appear to have been resolved or set aside.
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