Congress Near Plan on Spending

Bill would keep government operating for 6 months, avoid automatic spending cuts

House and Senate leaders plan to announce agreement on a $1.047 trillion stopgap spending bill to keep the U.S. government operating for six months after Sept. 30, second-ranking Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said today.

“We’re close to an agreement,” Durbin of Illinois said today in an interview. The measure may clear both chambers of Congress this week, he said.

‘Lame-Duck Session’

Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, chairman of the Republican Study Committee that supports limited government, “is open to supporting a short-term” continuing resolution “that gets us past the lame-duck session” and doesn’t spend more than the levels in the Budget Control Act, his press secretary Meghan Snyder said last week.

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