Congress on Thursday passed legislation to extend temporary funding authority for numerous agencies by two weeks, through December 21, just ahead of the deadline to act to head off a partial government shutdown.

Temporary funding had been due to run out at midnight December 7 for agencies whose regular appropriations haven’t been enacted yet—essentially, every agency other than DoD, VA, Energy, Labor, Education, most of HHS, SSA, and some smaller agencies that have full-year funding in place thanks to bills that were passed in September.


Among the unfinished bills is the one for DHS, the vehicle for border policy and spending that has been the main hangup; and the general government bill, which will be the vehicle for a decision on whether federal employees will receive a 1.9 percent raise or have their salary rates frozen in January.

Political leaders set aside much of their planned work for this week for the memorial activities for president George H.W. Bush, essentially putting off this week’s planned work until next week. Congress originally had planned to adjourn on December 13, but that schedule now has slipped, delaying a decision on the raise and other matters along with it.

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