House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had what Mnuchin called a “productive meeting” Thursday to try to negotiate a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open past Nov. 21, when current spending levels expire. Mnuchin said the White House has “no intention” of letting the government shut down, Politico reported.
Congress is working on a stopgap that would extend current spending levels to Dec. 20 to give appropriators time to work out the details of all 12 spending bills by an ambitious deadline of Dec. 31. Lawmakers have not even settled on how much money to allocate to each bill.
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