The following is an excerpt from Richard Cowan | December 19, 2017 | reuters.com |
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress is in for a contentious week as infighting over defense spending, healthcare and other matters complicates the drive to pass a temporary spending bill by midnight on Friday to avert a partial government shutdown.
In a week when President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress were celebrating their tax cut legislation, many showed little appetite for a government shutdown at week’s end.
But they sounded resigned to having to navigate through at least some drama over a package that includes so many disparate components, which could make for a messy process until the end.
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