Lawmakers reach deal on spending bill, but hurdles remain

WASHINGTON – The House passed a bill Thursday that funds the government through Feb. 18 and avoids a short-term shutdown after midnight Friday, but quick Senate approval was in doubt because of a fight over President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates. An agreement among congressional leaders announced earlier in the day would keep the government … Read more

GOP risks government shutdown to fight Biden vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON – The federal government could be heading for a temporary shutdown, with Republicans poised to stall a must-pass funding bill in their effort to force a debate in Congress on rolling back the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for some workers. Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate who are opposed to Biden’s vaccine … Read more