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This Week

The Senate is set to vote on its latest must-pass funding bill, before the federal government shuts down on Sept. 30. A deal to keep the government funded into December appears to rest on whether money is included to address the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich.

A government shutdown is unlikely, but the absence of a deal by the end of the week could keep lawmakers in town longer than they had planned before the election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has teed up a procedural vote on Tuesday on a stopgap spending measure that would keep the government open until Dec. 9.

As of now, it will come up short of the 60-votes needed to advance unless there are changes. Most Democrats oppose it — Florida’s Bill Nelson is one exception – and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has also said he will vote “no” because the bill lacks a provision that would allow the Export-Import Bank to make large loans. The spending measure does include bipartisan provisions, however, such as $1.1 billion to address the Zika virus, funding to confront opioid abuse and $500 million to help victims of flooding in Louisiana, West Virginia and Maryland. more


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