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The House and Senate return to continue negotiating a funding bill for 2017. Republicans in the House and Senate are in disagreement over the length of time that the funding should extend. Much like the 2008-2009 transition, many are bracing for an infrastructure spending request to come from the Trump administration, while some do not support a short-term solution. House Appropriations Chairman, Hal Rogers is said to be drafting a continuing resolution to last until March, 2017. In addition, a medical innovation bill known as the 21st Century Cures Act is expected to be considered on the House floor this week. House staffers have been trying to hammer out a final deal, which is expected to include mental health, opioids and the cancer moonshot initiative, putting in extra hours around the Thanksgiving holiday. more

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