Lawmakers act to avert shutdown, buying time for COVID talks

The house passed a temporary government funding bill to prevent shutdown, buy more time for COVID-19 relief talks.

Posted: Dec 9, 2020 2:28 PM

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers are embracing a one-week extension of government funding to buy time for more COVID-19 relief talks.

The House on Wednesday easily passed a temporary funding bill that sets a Dec. 18 deadline for Congress to wrap up both a virus relief measure and a $1.4 trillion government spending bill.

The Senate is expected to easily pass the bill before midnight Friday to avert a partial government shutdown.

Meanwhile, negotiations continue over another round of virus aid. Leaders are in agreement about helping small businesses and preserving extra unemployment benefits, but disagree over the details of the package.

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