Partial Shutdown Looms over New Spending Bill

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House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a $182 billion spending bill that includes stopgap spending legislation to keep the government running until Dec. 16.

Unless the stopgap measure is passed by lawmakers, a partial government shutdown may occur this weekend.

The bill provides funding to the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development.

However, it also includes cuts to NASA and community development programs.

"We've cut total discretionary spending for the second year in a row, a remarkable achievement that will save taxpayers billions of dollars and help get our nation's budget back into balance," House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said.

Lawmakers must vote on the bill by midnight on Friday. Both House and Senate leaders promised votes this week.

The announcement about the spending bill comes as a congressional debt-reduction super committee is wrestling with cuts to on-going government benefit programs like Medicare and farm subsidies.

On Wednesday's "The 700 Club," CBN News will talk to Sen. Jim Demint, R-S.C. about whether Washington's spending cuts have been really effective. Check your local listings for show times. Also check to watch the entire interview after 10 a.m. Eastern.

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