TIME TICKS AWAY FOR CONGRESS TO MAKE A DEAL AND VOTE TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN - February 8, 2018
Shutdown Looms as Congress Hits a Snag in Passing Budget Deal
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Senate on Thursday hit a speed bump in its effort to pass a measure that would avoid a shutdown this evening and raise spending levels by $300 billion over the next two years, putting agencies at risk of shuttering their doors for the second time in three weeks.
The vote was delayed by a procedural hold up just hours before current appropriations are set to expire, leaving Congress limited time to avoid a shutdown at midnight. The bill would place agencies on their fifth continuing resolution of fiscal 2018, giving lawmakers until March 23 to set line-by-line appropriations for agencies across government.