Con­gress stares down gov­ern­ment shut­down as law­mak­ers fail to advance spend­ing bills

Congress stares down government shutdown as lawmakers fail to advance spending bills

The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is set to shut down just after mid­night on Oct. 1, and law­mak­ers aren’t any­where clos­er to renew­ing its fund­ing for the next fis­cal year, mak­ing a shut­down this week­end all the more like­ly.
The House on Fri­day shot down a GOP-led stop­gap mea­sure to fund the gov­ern­ment tem­porar­i­ly, leav­ing the low­er cham­ber at a stand­still while they con­sid­er options to keep the lights on in Wash­ing­ton. Mean­while, the Sen­ate is work­ing to advance a bipar­ti­san con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion that would give Con­gress 45 extra days to ham­mer out a deal, although Repub­li­cans in the House have reject­ed that pro­pos­al as being “dead on arrival.”
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: IF WASHINGTON CLOSES, IT COULD COST THE GOP IN VIRGINIA
Law­mak­ers have less than 30 hours to pass some sort of gov­ern­ment fund­ing bill to avert a shut­down. Oth­er­wise, sev­er­al fed­er­al agen­cies will halt oper­a­tions, and mil­lions of gov­ern­ment employ­ees will go with­out pay until fur­ther notice.
Here’s where things stand as the gov­ern­ment stares down the loom­ing gov­ern­ment shut­down dead­line:
House eyes pos­si­ble ‘clean’ con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion
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