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Politicians seek to delay a government shutdown

A short-term deal taking shape in Congress to avert a government shutdown is only a temporary respite from a bitter debate over the federal budget as Democrats and Republicans clash over spending cuts.

WASHINGTON – A short-term deal taking shape in Congress to avert a government shutdown is only a temporary respite from a bitter debate over the federal budget as Democrats and Republicans clash over spending cuts.

With government funding due to expire on Friday, lawmakers in the House of Representatives and the Senate were expected this week to vote on a measure that would push the deadline back by several weeks.

 
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