Republicans seek to avoid shutdown with temporary spending bill

The headquarters of the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Photo by Indianz.Com / Available for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

The federal government might not shut down after all if Congress passes a temporary spending bill before the end of the week.

Republicans introduced H.J.Res.99 on Wednesday evening. It extends funding until May 5, giving them more time to come up with a spending package that keeps federal agencies, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service, up and running.

A shutdown otherwise would represent a setback for Republicans, who have been unable to secure passage of appropriations bills despite controlling both the House and the Senate. It also could prove embarrassing for President Donald Trump as he approaches his 100th day in office on Saturday.

Read More on the Story:
House Republicans introduce one-week spending bill to continue budget talks (The Washington Post 4/27)
Republicans Propose Short-Term Funding Plan to Avert Shutdown (The New York Times 4/27)

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