The federal government is operating under a continuing resolution that expires Nov. 17. Leaders and appropriators are discussing the next steps to avoid a shutdown, including the terms of a new continuing resolution.

Punchbowl News reported this morning on three scenarios that may play out over the next 10 days.

Senate appropriators want a continuing resolution that would let them finish all appropriations bills by the end of the calendar year.

“We damn well should get it done by December,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chair of the defense appropriations subcommittee, “and that should be something we commit to and stay here on weekends until we get it done.”

House Republican leaders discussing several options, including one that would finish up several bills this year and consider more in January.

“In sum, confusion reigns, and there’s a non-zero chance that the federal government will shut down next week,” Punchbowl News wrote.

Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich