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Government shutdown clash looms as White House seeks short-term government funding bill

The White House is seeking a short-term bill to avert a government shutdown and punt the fight until soon after the November elections, according to a proposal sent to Capitol Hill, setting up a potential clash with Democrats ahead of high-stakes negotiations this month.



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Both sides need to reach a deal to avoid a shutdown by the end of September. But the matter is complicated because the two sides are stuck in a bitter impasse over stimulus legislation to prop up the flagging economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The two issues — keeping the government open past Sept. 30 and providing relief to struggling Americans — are bound to collide just weeks before a hugely consequential election.

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On a 36-minute call on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed that they want to avoid a government shutdown

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Trump administration seeks $45.8 billion in extra government funding amid coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the daily coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has requested an additional $45.8 billion from Congress to shore up U.S. agencies amid the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday.

The supplemental funding request, sent to U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday night, would give billions more to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Defense Department.

The request is separate from the administration’s proposed $1 trillion stimulus package to address the outbreak’s economic fallout.

The request includes a proposal for $13.1 billion for the VA to fund treatment of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and other related costs. The administration is requesting another $1.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over its prior proposal.

The

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