The race to avoid a government shutdown by FRIDAY

The race to avoid a government shutdown by FRIDAY
The race to avoid a government shutdown by FRIDAY

The House could vote as early as Wednesday on a temporary measure to fund the government through the beginning of next year as Democrats seek a way to starve off a shutdown.

Government funding runs out Friday at midnight. The House measure would then go to the Senate for approval. 

Democrats are seeking the stopgap solution as they struggle to deal with their December agenda, which includes keeping the government running, passing a critical defense bill, raising the debt ceiling and final approval for President Joe Biden's signature Build Back Better legislation.

Any spending battle can devulge into bipartisan bickering and interparty warfare - Democrats are facing four of them this month.  

A temporary government funding bill, that would keep things running through mid to late January, would buy lawmakers time, taking one of the major battles off the table. 

'With so many critical issues, the last thing that the American people need right now is a shutdown. The last thing the American people need right now is a government shutdown, and Democrats are going to work this week to make sure we don't have one,' Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday. 

But Republicans are hesitant about Democrats timeline with some pushing for the temporary funding to go through February - that would extend the current budget operating guidelines, which were set in the Trump administration. The Biden administration has yet to see its government funding level approved.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to get a temporary measure funding the government through beginning of next year passed this week

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to get a temporary measure funding the government through beginning of next year passed this week

But Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell pulled a legislative move on Monday that indicated Democrats are in for a rough December

But Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell pulled a legislative move on Monday that indicated Democrats are in for a rough December

'I'd like February,' Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, the top GOP lawmaker on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said of the January extension  'March would suit me. April. May. … I think it gives us more time to seriously sit down.' 

And lawmakers may be in for long nights and weekend work as they struggle to get it all done.

'I am confident we can get each of these important items done this year, but it will likely take some long nights and weekends,' Schumer noted.  

The push for a temporary solution comes after Senate Republicans on Monday showed Democrats they may be in for a rough December.

The popular, must-pass bill that funds the

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