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: Congress moves to prevent government shutdown before Feb. 18 deadline

Congress is expected to act as soon as this week to head off a Feb. 18 deadline for a government shutdown, with a key House member proposing to fund the government through March 11.

“We’re going to get something done. It’ll probably be a short-term CR and it will be this coming week to give us a little more time,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, told MSNBC Sunday, referring to a continuing resolution, or stopgap budget.

On Monday, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Connecticut Democrat who heads the House Appropriations Committee, introduced legislation that would keep the government funded through March 11.

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As the Hill reported, the need for such a stopgap funding measure comes as key House and Senate leaders have been swapping offers to try to come up with a bigger bill that would fund the government through Sept. 30, which is the end of the 2022 fiscal year.

“Our country needs a government funding agreement to create good-paying jobs, grow opportunity for the middle class, and protect our national security,” DeLauro said in a statement. “We are close to reaching a framework government funding agreement, but we will need additional time to complete the legislation in full.”

The House is expected to consider the stopgap budget on Tuesday, according to a summary. It would also need to pass the Senate and be signed into law by President Joe Biden for a shutdown to be averted.

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