Lawmakers Work to Avoid March Government Shutdown

Sticking points are emerging as lawmakers in both chambers of Congress negotiate a spending bill that would help avoid a government shutdown in March.

The House and Senate entered negotiations with drastically different bills with the chairs of each chamber’s Appropriations Committee subcommittees – referred to as “cardinals” – tasked with crafting compromise spending proposals that can pass in a divided Congress.

House and Senate negotiators early last month reached an agreement to unlock final fiscal 2024 appropriations bills after nailing down the final defense and nondefense spending limits, Roll Call reported.

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