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Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill

On Thursday, the House of Representatives and Senate both passed a continuing resolution to fund the government for two weeks at current spending levels. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the legislation. The bill averts a government shutdown, which would have occurred at the end of the day tomorrow without such legislation.

Lawmakers now have until December 22nd to agree on another funding bill. While Democrats, Republicans, and the administration reportedly made progress on an agreement on overall spending levels at a meeting this afternoon, a number of contentious issues remain to be resolved. Chief among them: a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals fix, funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the fate of several bills designed to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's non-group markets.