Tom Udall

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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