Votes on Government-Funding Package Imminent as Deadline Approaches

The U.S. Senate and House could vote as soon as today on a package to fund nine federal departments and avoid another partial government shutdown. Leaders from the Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate announced the bipartisan deal earlier this week. While President Trump has given no indication one way or another, he is expected to sign it.

Negotiators were still working Wednesday evening to determine if other legislation would be added as riders to the spending package.

Current funding, which was part of the deal that ended the 35-day shutdown last month, is set to expire at midnight Friday. The proposal would provide funding through September 30, the end of the fiscal year.