House and Senate Pursue Spending Deals as Shutdown Looms
A short-term spending measure in the House and a budget pact evolving in the Senate make it less likely the federal government will shut down Thursday night.
At the White House, President Donald Trump appeared to hold out the possibility of a shutdown if lawmakers don't come up with a deal on immigration. Trump said Tuesday he'd "love to see a shutdown if we can't get this stuff taken care of."
The broader agreement in the Senate would award whopping spending increases to both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs, as well as approve overdue disaster relief money. It also might approve crucial legislation to increase the government's borrowing limit to avoid possible default.
Democratic leaders have dropped their strategy of using the funding fight to extract concessions on immigration.