Congressional leaders reach short-term deal to avoid government shutdown

Congressional leaders in the House and Senate have reached a deal on a spate of appropriations bills, clearing the way for a short-term spending patch that would extend funding deadlines further into March. 

Appropriators finalized the agreement on Wednesday, two sources told the Washington Examiner, just three days before the government is set to enter a partial shutdown. The proposal would maintain the two-pronged deadlines Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has advocated but would extend the dates slightly to give lawmakers time to finalize the legislative text and bring them to the floor for votes. 

“We are in agreement that Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to fund our government,” congressional leaders said in a joint statement on Wednesday announcing the deal. “To give the House and Senate Appropriations Committees adequate time to execute on this deal in
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