In a typical series of move, Congress plays a game of chicken with the White House
Backtracking by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell angered some Republicans, including an ex-president named Trump.
In what has become a grueling routine in the deeply divided House and Senate, the game uses the threat of a shutdown to try to score political points.
Republicans say they will shut the government down if they don’t get their way.
After haggling and trying to work angles, Democrats and Republicans have reached a consensus to both keep the government running and provide new aid to businesses and residents suffering from the severe economic hardships of the pandemic. Critics say the aid is not enough and a drive to hand out more will be a priority when the new Congress is sworn in next year.
Congress managed to find a way to keep the government running for two more days but still cannot get closure on pandemic aid funding.
Keeping the government open is a priority. So is betting long-overdue aid to Americans left struggling amid Covid-19 shutdowns and unemployment.
The measure is likely to pass the House next week just before the House votes on impeaching Trump. A Senate vote is expected before a temporary spending bill expires next Friday at midnight.