25 Sep '16, 4pm

Continuing Irresolution: Congress Faces Government Shutdown Deadline

WASHINGTON — Congress starts the week under pressure to avert a government shutdown after the Senate came close but failed to reach a deal on a stopgap spending bill last week. Analysts expect Congress to conclude weeks-long negotiations before the end of fiscal 2016 on Friday, as there is no political benefit to shuttering the federal government just before an election, particularly for Senate Republican leaders whose hold on the majority is one of the election's major questions. “They are quickly running out of time to get this done, and the issues they face are small issues compared with the overall effect of a government shutdown,” said Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “I think the likely case and the optimistic case are that legislators are running out the clock to gain leverage on ...

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