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Congressional negotiations prioritizing government, military funding

WASHINGTON, DC (Nexstar) – Lawmakers returned to Washington with just weeks to do the rest of their business before the end of the year. Top priorities include a funding bill that needs to pass.

Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before the end of the year. Congress still needs to pass an appropriations bill to keep the government afloat and a separate bill to fund the military.

Democrats say pressure is mounting to pass a spending bill before the government runs out of money in mid-December and before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.

“Make sure we have a map of our values ​​in how we spend our money. We don’t want to give that to the Republican Party,” said Congresswoman Catherine Clark (D-MA).

Another key item on Congress’ to-do list is the annual defense authorization bill, but a group of Senate Republicans are threatening to delay the annual military budget slated for passage until the first Senate vote. to end COVID vaccination mandates for serving members.

However, the White House maintained its policy. National Security spokesman John Kirby said Monday the vaccine requirement was to ensure military readiness.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said talks would continue until “we got the job done.”

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