WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are preparing a stopgap bill to keep the federal government running until March and avoid a partial shutdown next week.
The temporary measure will apply until March 1 for certain federal agencies whose approved funds are expected to run out on Friday and will extend the rest of government operations until March 8. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity to discuss it.
The interim bill, expected to be released Sunday, would come as House Speaker Mike JohnsonR-La., was under pressure from its far-right flank in recent days to abandon a recent bipartisan spending deal with Senate Democrats. The bill would need Democratic support to pass the closely divided House.
Johnson insisted Friday that he was sticking to agreement he struck out with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., despite pressure from some conservatives to renegotiate. Party moderates had urged him to stay the course.
Yet in his first big test as new leader, he has yet to show how he will quell the revolt on his right flank. who ousted his predecessor.
“Our main agreement remains,” Johnson said Friday, referring to the budget deal reached on January 7.
This agreement sets $1.66 trillion in spending for the next fiscal year, $886 billion of which will be devoted to defense.
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