Congress pushes for week-long spending extension

Congress will vote this week on a short-term measure to keep the government funded while lawmakers negotiate a deal that will pay for the remainder of fiscal 2016.

The House will vote on the bill by Friday, a top Republican aide told the Washington Examiner. The bill has been introduced, and it would keep the government fully funded for another week past the current Dec. 11 deadline.

Lawmakers have been unable to reach agreement on a bill funding government for the rest of fiscal year 2016 because of splits over several policy amendments on the spending bill. Democrats and the Obama administration, for example, are staunchly opposed to a GOP plan to include provisions rolling back EPA regulations and halting the plan to resettle thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

"While progress is being made on negotiations for a full-year omnibus appropriations bill, it is clear that more time is needed to complete the package," said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky. "This short-term funding resolution will keep the lights on in government and maintain current operations for a few days so Congress can complete and pass an agreement. It is my hope and expectation that a final, year-long bill will be enacted before this new deadline."

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