The Lead: Government Stays Open
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Good news! The government is not shutting down this week! President Trump signed a short-term spending bill on Thursday with no time to lose. The current funding expired an hour before he signed it.
The bill keeps the government running until December 11.
Now on to that pandemic aid package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are still in talks to find an agreement, but Mnuchin said they are not there yet. Both had hoped for a vote this week, but that has been postponed.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not impressed with all this talking. “I think Secretary Mnuchin and the Speaker will continue to speak, but we are very, very far apart.”