Steny Hoyer

Government shutdown avoided for now as negotiations continue

Government shutdown avoided for now as negotiations continue

Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown Friday by approving an extension of spending authority that will keep federal employees on the job for at least one more week.

With hours to go before a midnight deadline, lawmakers passed a stopgap spending measure to avoid shuttering federal agencies on President Donald Trump's 100th day in office. The move gives negotiators working on longer term legislation a few days to finish their work.

"It will carry us through next week so that a bipartisan final agreement can be reached and so that members will have time to review the legislation before we take...

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