House returns from recess as leaders weigh short-term bill to avoid a shutdown

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WASHINGTON — With less than three days to go before a partial government shutdown, Congress is again buzzing with chatter about a short-term funding bill to prevent a lapse.

The House returns to session Wednesday after a two-week recess, and Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., has promised to give members 72 hours before voting on a funding deal, leaving insufficient time to avoid a partial shutdown by the Friday midnight deadline without a stopgap bill.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor Wednesday he hopes the government funding deal will be inked “very soon.”

“Negotiators in both chambers continue working to ensure the government will not shut down at the end of the week,” he said. “We continue to make very good progress on an agreement, and we are very close to getting it done.”