‘Difficult’ talks to avoid shutdown hit snags in Congress over immigration and UNRWA

Senators say they are concerned that a bicameral dispute over the appropriations bill funding the Department of Homeland Security could derail efforts to avert a government shutdown

The House and Senate have until March 22 to pass the final six of the 12 appropriations bills that fund the government and narrowly averted a partial shutdown by passing the first set of six last week. Appropriators are struggling to reach a deal on the six remaining bills, which fund the Pentagon, State Department, Labor Department, Health and Human Services Department, DHS, and foreign operations.

“My information is they’ve made a little progress, but they’re not there,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, told the Washington Examiner on Thursday. 

“The negotiations are ongoing right now, and on the defense appropriations we are
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