Political and Legislative

Congressional Leaders Unveil $1.2 Trillion Funding Package, Kicking Off Sprint to Avoid Government Shutdown

Leaders in Congress unveiled a widely anticipated government funding package early on Thursday, paving the way for lawmakers to bring an end to a months-long funding saga and ward off a partial government shutdown ahead of a Friday night deadline.

The $1.2 trillion package, which includes six bills and spans more than 1,000 pages, features money for the departments of State, Homeland Security, Defense, Labor and Health and Human Services, as well as funds for foreign operations, financial services and the legislative branch. If approved, the package would take the threat of a government shutdown off the table until the beginning of the next fiscal year on Oct. 1.

The package gave both sides of the aisle something to tout. House Speaker Mike Johnson celebrated the package in a statement early Thursday, saying “House Republicans have achieved significant conservative policy wins” during this year’s appropriations process.

Read the source article at CBS News

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