Congress faces Friday deadline on funding government
December 18, 2017
The continuing resolution that funds the government runs out Friday and Congress is under pressure to pass another continuing resolution or face a government shutdown just before the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
Congress is expected to pass another short-term spending measure into January, but there are conflicts over what should be in that bill.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Sunday a shutdown is unlikely but possible, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The next five days will be a "scramble" to pass the tax bill and the funding bill, The Washington Post noted.