Lawmakers Await Release of Spending Bill As Shutdown Looms

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An omnibus funding bill is facing delays in Congress ahead of a Friday government shutdown deadline, with lawmakers scrambling to answer a number of open questions in the $1.3 trillion package related to border security, infrastructure projects, and gun violence prevention measures.

House leaders previously hoped to release the text of the bill, which would keep the government funded for the remainder of fiscal year 2018, sometime Monday night. On Tuesday morning, however, it was nowhere to be found. When I asked a House aide involved in the appropriations process where the bill was, he answered, “I don’t know. If you happen to see it, would you …

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