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Government shutdown deadline looming as Congress returns to Washington

By Mike DeBonis and Ed O’Keefe,

Congress will return to Washington this week to confront a series of highly charged partisan issues as a deadline for extending government funding approaches, raising the specter of a December government shutdown.

Leaders of both parties have publicly played down the possibility of a showdown next month. Funding expires on Dec. 8, and both sides have floated the possibility of a short-term stopgap to push negotiations until just before Christmas.

“There shouldn’t be any discussion about shutting down the government. We can make this thing work. We just need to get people at the table, negotiate it,” Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the third-ranking Republican senator, said on “Fox News Sunday.”


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