Congress has until midnight on Friday, December 21 to wrap up seven of the 12 outstanding appropriations bills in order to avoid a partial government shutdown. Funding could lapse for the Departments of Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and others if a deal is not reached to fund these agencies. It appears that the main stumbling block is the amount of funding for the border wall with Mexico. Agencies poised to lose funding would develop their own plans for a shutdown, detailing which government activities are put on hold and which employees are considered “essential” and continue working.
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