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Democrats float a short-term funding bill to avoid another government shutdown

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Democrats float a short-term funding bill to avoid another government shutdown

Democrats are considering the possibility of passing a short-term bill to fund the government past Sept. 30.  Congress already passed a measure to raise the U.S. debt limit and set budget levels for two years, but lawmakers need to approve appropriations measures.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks with the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Getty Images Democrats are considering the possibility of passing a short-term funding bill to keep the government running after Sept. 30. 

On a conference call with House Democrats on Friday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer floated the potential to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through at least Nov. 22, a source told CNBC. But lawmakers could also choose to pass a measure to avoid a shutdown through Dec. 6, another source said. 

Congress passed a bill in August to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and set budget levels for two years. However, lawmakers still have to pass appropriations bills before current funding runs out at the end of September.

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Lawmakers will not return from their August recess until Sept. 9, giving them only a few weeks to fund the government. While the House has already passed 10 of 12 appropriations bills, the Senate has not passed any — pushing Democrats to consider a stopgap funding measure. 

This story is developing. Please check back for updates. 

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