Congress passes short-term funding bill, puts shutdown showdown off until Dec. 21

December 6, 2018

Congress on Thursday passed a two-week funding bill keeping parts of the government open through Dec. 21, postponing a shutdown showdown.

Though most of the government is already funded through fiscal year 2019, some 25 to 30 percent of discretionary spending accounts remain in limbo, with the seven bills that cover that spending still languishing on Capitol Hill.

The agencies and departments covered by those bills are currently funded through a “continuing resolution,” which means they’re operating at the same levels as fiscal year 2018.

The money had been slated to run out Friday but the new bill, which passed both the House and Senate by acclamation, extends that deadline to Dec. 21.

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