Martin T. Heinrich

Government shutdown looms as stopgap spending measure appears likely to stall in the Senate

Government shutdown looms as stopgap spending measure appears likely to stall in the Senate

A government shutdown appeared likely after Congress deadlocked over a proposed four-week stopgap spending bill to keep federal offices open past Friday’s deadline.

After the House late Thursday passed the measure 230-197 with strong Republican support, the bill was headed for probable defeat in the Senate amid strong opposition from most Democrats and a few Republicans. The Senate adjourned late Thursday without voting.

The setback sends the White House and congressional leaders back to the negotiating table in a frantic search for a compromise.

The threat of a shutdown looms large in Maryland, where about 300,000 residents work for the federal government — at the...

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