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Senate GOP crafting bill to prevent government closure

Posted: 9:29 PM, Dec 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-18 21:29:41-05

Senate Republicans are drafting a stopgap spending bill to extend the funding deadline for approximately 25 percent of the federal government until February 8, according to three sources.

The decision to move forward on the short-term plan hasn't been finalized, the sources said. There are still senators who are urging GOP leaders to negotiate for a broader deal.

A final decision likely won't be made until at least Wednesday, the sources said, and President Donald Trump still needs to sign off on any path forward.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York told reporters earlier Tuesday that Democrats would "seriously consider" supporting a short-term spending measure.