US Senate Ready to Approve a Funding Bill to Avoid Shutdown

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday was poised to advance a stop-gap funding bill to avert a looming federal government shutdown, after Democrats and Republicans agreed to help Flint, Michigan, resolve its water crisis.

Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi reached the deal late on Tuesday, hours after a piece of legislation known as a continuing resolution aimed at avoiding the shutdown failed to garner enough votes to advance in the Senate.

“It should lead to our being able to move forward on this continuing resolution. There are a couple of other outstanding issues. But I think they should be able to be resolved,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Wednesday.

A conservative group, Heritage Action, on Wednesday said the spending bill “falls far short of conservative expectations” and urged Congress to defeat it. But with House and Senate members eager to go home to campaign for re-election, the measure appeared headed toward passage.

Only 45 senators in the Republican-controlled 100-seat Senate voted in favor of a procedural step needed for consideration of the stop-gap funding bill to fund federal agencies until Dec. 9. Without a continuing resolution, or CR, many federal agencies will run out of money when the federal fiscal year ends at midnight EST on Friday (0400 GMT Saturday).

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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