by David Morgan and Doina Chiacu
WASHINGTON, December 2 (Reuters) – The United States House of Representatives is expected to vote on a federal government funding bill on Thursday until February 18, after Democrats and Republicans back down agreement on this date during negotiations aimed at avoiding a “shutdown” this weekend.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the debate and vote would take place on Thursday.
“An agreement has been reached,” Democratic representative Rosa DeLauro had already announced in a statement Thursday.
If the measure passes the House, it will also need to be approved by the Senate before President Joe Biden can sign it.
The US Congress has until midnight Friday to pass a measure that would continue to fund federal government operations during the pandemic, amid rising infections and concerns about the Omicron variant.
A group of conservative Republicans are threatening to delay consideration of the proposal by the Senate to protest the obligation to vaccinate against COVID-19, which could lead to a “shutdown”, a partial shutdown of federal services.
(Report Doina Chiacu and David Morgan; French version Valentine Baldassari, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)