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House Eyes Another Stopgap Bill to Fund Govt Through Jan. 19

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House lawmakers plan to pass another continuing resolution Thursday in an effort to avoid a government shutdown and fund federal agencies through Jan. 19, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

Congress passed Dec. 7 a two-week CR that is set to expire Friday.

The four-week stopgap bill would include a provisional fix to the Children’s Health Insurance Program to address declining funds and extend through Jan. 19 a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that approaches expiration on Dec. 31.

Some lawmakers said they expect the House to vote on a proposed bill that would authorize $81 billion in hurricane and wildfire relief funds as a separate package.

The House Rules Committee is set to meet Thursday morning to prepare the short-term funding measure for a floor vote.

Politico also reported that some Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee expressed objections to the proposed CR without full-year funding for the Defense Department at a closed-door conference meeting.

Some members said they voted for the two-week CR after House leaders said they would advance a yearlong spending measure for DoD before the Friday deadline.

Republican leaders told the conference that they do not have 217 votes to clear the original DoD spending plan under the two-week stopgap bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said at the conference that Defense Secretary James Mattis had given his consent to the proposed CR, the report added.

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