Congress Eyes 3-Day Stopgap Bill To Avert Government Shutdown

AP

Congress is poised to move a three-day continuing resolution to keep the government funded past Jan. 15 while appropriators wrap up a comprehensive spending bill, known as an omnibus.

The decision, designed to remove the risk of a brief government shutdown, was confirmed Friday by the offices of Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY).

“We’re making solid progress and I’m confident that next week we’ll have a bipartisan agreement that finds common ground,” Mikulski said in a statement. “This very short extension is needed to prevent any funding gaps as the agreement moves through the House and Senate next week.”

The 2014 discretionary spending level will be $1.102 trillion, which Congress approved in the Ryan-Murray budget deal last month.

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