Only one week remains in the current fiscal year and there still has been no break in the logjam over extending agency funding authority past the September 30 end of the fiscal year. Numerous proposals have been raised to enact a short-term measure called a continuing resolution, which has commonly been done in the past—with the notable exception of 2013, when a similar deadlock resulted in a partial government shutdown lasting more than two weeks. However, even most of those proposals would contain policy or budgetary provisions objectionable to some in Congress or to the White House. Also under discussion is a “clean” extension of current funding levels, potentially into mid-December, which the Senate could take up in upcoming days and send to the House for consideration early next week. There are objections to that approach as well, however, leaving the course ahead uncertain.
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