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Congressional leaders are prepared to vote Thursday on a $333 billion bipartisan spending package to avoid the threat of a partial government shutdown.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s resolution opposing a “precipitous withdrawal” from Syria was backed by many GOP Senators who disagree with the president’s foreign policy.
Congressional Democrats want to protect health coverage and protections of the Affordable Care Act. With the Senate in Republican hands, House Democrats will hold hearings and may turn to the courts.
The 116th Congress has 127 female members — 102 of them in the House. That’s far more than the previous record, but it also is far from gender parity.
The mail will get delivered, Social Security checks will go out, and the National Park Service says it will try to keep parks accessible if there is a shutdown. But most federal agencies would close.
Shutdown and debt ceiling deadlines are fast approaching four days before the Alabama Senate election, and Republicans are trying to pass a tax plan by Christmas.