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Top Democrat announces deal on short-term government spending bill | TheHill – The Hill

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Top congressional leaders said on early Thursday that they have reached an agreement on a spending deal to fund the government through mid-February, as lawmakers work to stave off a shutdown on Friday.

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroThis week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint Two women could lead a powerful Senate spending panel for first time in history Democrats scramble to figure out shutdown strategy MORE (D-Conn.) said in a statement that an agreement has been reached on a continuing resolution (CR) that would temporarily fund the government at the previous year’s levels until a larger bipartisan agreement can be reached on spending for the new year.

DeLauro said the legislation “includes virtually no changes to existing funding or policy” in an effort to apply pressure for a larger deal for a spending omnibus in the months ahead.

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Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyCongress’s goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump’s border wall On The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure MORE, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, also announced on Thursday morning that leaders had finally reached an agreement on the CR, while adding now is the time to “get serious about” negotiating spending bills for fiscal 2022.

“I have said many times that work can only begin if we agree to start FY22 where we finished FY21,” he said. “That means maintaining legacy riders, eliminating poison pills, and getting serious about the funding we are going to provide for our nation’s defense.  If that doesn’t happen, we’ll be having this same conversation in February.”

DeLauro introduced the short-term speeding bill shortly after her announcement. The bill now awaits consideration in the House, which she said would likely happen later in the day, and the Senate.

However, the swift passage for the bill is not completely guaranteed in the 50-50 Senate, where at least 60 votes will be needed to pass the bill.

A handful of conservatives in the Senate are demanding a vote on defunding President BidenJoe BidenBiden and Harris host ‘family’ Hanukkah celebration with more than 150 guests Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate looks to break defense bill stalemate MORE‘s vaccine mandate or they will hold up the funding measure. Many Republicans disagree with that strategy but if the conservatives use all the procedural tools at their disposal to delay things, it could result in a brief shutdown. 

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p dir=”ltr”>Asked about the likelihood of a shutdown later this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: Trump’s justices look set to restrict abortion Conservatives could force shutdown over Biden vaccine mandate Freedom Caucus urges McConnell to block government funding over vaccine mandates MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters a day ago: “I think we’re gonna be okay.”

This story was updated at 9:29 a.m.

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