Deadline Nears and Lawmakers Scramble

Negotiations are reportedly close to final on a coronavirus relief package that congressional leadership wants to attach to the final omnibus spending package. 

The funding bill must be passed by Friday to avoid a government shutdown. Members of Congress are leaving open the possibility of a third short-term continuing resolution if it looks like the deal won’t be finished by Friday and they need a few more days for the House and Senate to act on the bills.

Once the bills are formally introduced, which could happen today, the House will schedule votes on the legislation. It then moves the Senate for a floor vote. Assuming both houses approve the package, it must go the White House for presidential signature.

The Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader are both signaling optimism that a deal will be reached and finalized before the Friday midnight deadline.