A plan to avert a government shutdown at the end of September would likely entail funding federal operations into December, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.”

While Republicans and Democrats haven’t yet reached a final agreement on spending legislation, Mnuchin said he hoped Congress can start moving a bill forward “by the end of the week.”

Funding ends on Sept. 30 if lawmakers don’t approve an appropriations package by then.

On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump Administration and Democrats had agreed to proceed with a temporary spending bill that wouldn’t tie further coronavirus relief to the appropriations proposal.

Mnuchin said today that he expects Congress could pass more than one short-term government funding bill before it approves spending through the end of the next fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

Negotiations on more pandemic aid has made little progress he said. “Where we’re really stuck is both on certain policy issues and more importantly, the top line,” Mnunchin said.

Senate Republicans seek to consider ~$500B more in aid this week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that Democrats wouldn’t accept anything less than a $2.2T package.

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