Congress begins to admit it’s running out of time to avoid a government shutdown

With Congress running out of time to pass the necessary government spending legislation before the new fiscal year begins on October 1, there is a growing realization that they may have to pass a stopgap measure to avoid a government shutdown. This would involve Congress passing a short-term spending bill that would fund the government through December, allowing lawmakers more time to reach a longer-term agreement. However, the pressure is increasing for Congress to act soon, as a government disruption could have widespread economic effects.