Dec 19, 2018 - Politics & Policy

McConnell to introduce short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will introduce a short-term funding bill that, if passed, will keep the government running through Feb. 8.

Why it matters: It's unclear when votes will occur, but lawmakers have until Friday to reach a deal. McConnell said yesterday that he has been "in consultation" with the White House, and is confident there will not be a government shutdown despite President Trump's demands for $5 billion in funding for the border wall.

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