Freedom Caucus

Congress barreling toward shutdown deadline

Congress barreling toward shutdown deadline

Republican leaders were scrambling Tuesday to reach an agreement on a short-term funding measure to avert a government shutdown at week’s end and address a host of high-profile issues — including a simmering battle over immigration — that have languished for months.

Lawmakers remained optimistic that both chambers would approve legislation to push back a Friday deadline to fund the government or shutter federal agencies for the first time in four years. That delay would give Congress a few more weeks to negotiate a long-term spending package.

But the plan appeared to hit a snag Tuesday as members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and GOP leaders argued over the...