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Senate Races Ahead of House on Spending Bills

The aim is to avoid a government shutdown

Leading Democrats in the Senate will look to gain the upper hand over House Republicans in talks over government funding when the chamber returns from summer recess on Tuesday, as the threat of an embarrassing October government shutdown looms.

A bipartisan group of senators in the Democratic-controlled chamber was collaborating on President Joe Biden's request for a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies funded until deals can be brokered on the full fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

Democrats and Republicans in the Senate Appropriations Committee have backed the 12 separate spending bills that would finance most government operations for fiscal 2024, while their House Appropriations Committee has been producing bills with only Republican support.

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