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White House proposes stopgap bill with disaster aid as Congress hashes out trillions in spending

  • The Biden administration on Tuesday proposed a stopgap measure to fund the government as lawmakers haggle over a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion budget package.
  • With the 2021 fiscal year up at the end of September, the White House encouraged congressional leaders to consider a short-term continuing resolution.
  • Without a continuing resolution, the federal government would shut down and spark a wave of furloughs for federal workers until Congress passes a funding bill.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks about Afghanistan, from the East Room of the White House in Washington, August 26, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday proposed a stopgap measure to fund the government as lawmakers haggle over a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and a transformative, Democrat-backed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

With the 2021 fiscal year up at the end of September, the White House encouraged congressional leaders to consider a short-term continuing resolution.

Without a continuing resolution, the federal government would shut down and spark a wave of furloughs for federal workers until Congress passes a funding bill. 

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