House and Senate Working Quietly to Avoid Government Shutdown

January 6, 2013

Washington is facing the threat of three major fiscal disasters in the coming months — but a government shutdown after March 27 might be the least likely of them to occur.

House and Senate appropriators have been working quietly behind the scenes for months to craft 12 compromise annual spending bills to avoid a shutdown that is slated to occur when the current six-month stopgap spending bill expires.

So far, this is the bright spot in a gloomy congressional outlook early in 2013.

By contrast, no work has been started to craft bills to avoid a debt default or sudden across-the-board sequester cut in government defense and non-defense spending looming at the end of February.

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