House deal would keep government open through Feb. 18 but shutdown risk remains in Senate

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House lawmakers reached a deal to head off a government shutdown this weekend, but a group of senators could still object, making a partial lapse of some services possible.

House Appropriations Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat, announced an agreement to fund the federal government through Feb. 18. Without such a stopgap budget, the government would partially shut down after midnight Friday. The measure also includes $7 billion for Afghanistan refugees.

A vote in the House is expected on Thursday.

It’s unclear how the measure will fare in the Senate, where a group of GOP conservatives has been planning to object to quick consideration of such a stopgap budget without an agreement to deny money to enforce the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large companies.

Read more: Biden administration asks court to allow employee vaccine mandate

And see: Congress faces shutdown deadline, hurdles for Biden’s Build Back Better plan

Republicans are not united in threatening a shutdown. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said Wednesday “I think we’re going to be OK,” when asked about the prospect of a shutdown.

U.S. stocks traded higher on Thursday morning, in what has become an increasingly volatile market resulting in uncertainty over the spread of coronavirus and a fuzzy path for monetary policy and the U.S. economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average
 was recently up 0.8%, while the S&P 500 index
 added 0.5% and the Nasdaq Composite Index
rose 0.4%.


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