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Congress races to lock in spending deal before shutdown deadline

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Lawmakers are facing two government funding deadlines, with a deal on spending numbers announced, but challenges remain to avert a shutdown.

Border security measures complicate aid to Ukraine and Israel, with House Republicans demanding a hardline immigration bill.

Congress must pass funding bills or a continuing resolution to avoid a shutdown. (Trending: U.S. State Passes Personal Pronoun Ban)

Joe Biden wrote, “The bipartisan funding framework congressional leaders have reached moves us one step closer to preventing a needless government shutdown and protecting important national priorities.”

GOP Rep. Chip Roy of Texas wrote, “We must make funding for federal government operations contingent on the President signing H.R.2, or its functional equivalent, into law and stopping the flow across our border.”

Sen. James Lankford said, “We’re hoping to get text out by later on this week.”

“Everybody will have time to be able to read and go through it. No one’s going to be jammed in this process, but it’s a matter of trying to be able to get this out,” Lankford continued.

“But, to make law, we’ve got to have a Democratic Senate, a Democratic White House and a Republican House to be able to go through this,” added the Oklahoma Republican.

House Republicans plan to criticize the Biden administration’s immigration policies and pursue impeachment efforts.

With a narrow majority, House Speaker Mike Johnson faces challenges in navigating policy battles and impeachment inquiries.

Rapidly approaching deadlines and GOP oversight efforts add to the complexity.

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