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Vice President Pence told CNBC on Friday that the Trump administration and Congress have reached a deal to avert a government shutdown without linking it to new coronavirus relief measures.

Why it matters: The federal government is headed towards a shutdown if Congress does not pass legislation, like a continuing resolution, before the end of the month.

  • The deal comes as lawmakers prepare to return to Washington for what is expected to be another heated battle over the next coronavirus stimulus.
  • Many speculated that another round of pandemic relief would be combined with a funding resolution, but Pence's comments suggest the two issues would be addressed separately.

What he's saying: "The agreement reached this week by the Treasury secretary and our negotiation team to have a continuing resolution to continue to fund the government when the fiscal year runs out at the end of this month means that now we can focus just on another relief bill," Pence said.

  • "We’re not going to allow Democrats in Congress to use a coronavirus relief bill to bail out poorly run Democratic states." 

The big picture: Pence's remarks came a day after the AP and other news outlets reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reached a tentative agreement on a "clean" stopgap bill.

  • "House Democrats support a clean continuing resolution,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told the AP.

The bottom line: The duration of the continuing resolution is unclear, but the AP reported that funding is likely to last until December.

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Nov 21, 2020 - Economy & Business

The surprisingly strong U.S. consumer

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Most Americans are doing surprisingly well, financially, in the face of a major pandemic raging across the country.

Why it matters: The health of the U.S. consumer is one of the main reasons why a second stimulus is perceived to be much less urgent than the first one was.

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Congressional Hispanics want Lujan Grisham at HHS

Michelle Lujan Grisham arriving on Capitol Hill. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Hispanic lawmakers are openly lobbying to have New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham be named Health and Human Services secretary, according to a letter obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: These members are now following the example some Black lawmakers have used for weeks: trying to convince Joe Biden his political interests will be served by rewarding certain demographic groups with Cabinet picks.

3 hours ago - World

Map: A look at world population density in 3D

This fascinating map is made by Alasdair Rae of Sheffield, England, a former professor of urban studies who is the founder of Automatic Knowledge. It shows world population density in 3D.

Details: "No land is shown on the map, only the locations where people actually live. ... The higher the spike, the more people live in an area. Where there are no spikes, there are no people (e.g. you can clearly identify ... the Sahara Desert)."

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