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House GOP to unveil short-term funding bill Tuesday

House GOP to unveil short-term funding bill Tuesday
© Greg Nash

House Republican leaders are planning to release the text of a stopgap spending bill on Tuesday, four days ahead of the deadline to fund the government.

“The continuing resolution [CR], I believe, will be posted tomorrow,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Monday.

McCarthy said he plans to wrap up work in the House by Thursday, letting lawmakers out a week early for the Christmas holiday.

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He declined to say which pieces of the bill were still being worked out, but said discussions were “very close” to complete. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters on Friday that she expected to see text as early as Monday.

McCarthy declined to say how much time the short-term spending bill will cover. But Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director Bottom line Ex-Trump chief of staff Priebus mulling Wisconsin governor bid MORE (R-Wis.) has acknowledged eying a bill that could extend through late April or May to help accommodate the Senate’s packed legislative calendar.

Defense hawks, however, have scoffed at the extended short-term bill, which they say shortchanges funding for the Pentagon.

Multiple lawmakers and aides have said GOP leaders have all but decided on a May deadline for the stopgap, rather than the initial end date, which was March 31.

Besides the government spending bill, the House has one other to-do item this week: The Water Resources Development Act.

McCarthy said the text for that bill — which is expected to include millions of dollars in long-awaited aid for the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Mich. — would be posted later Monday.

The Senate is also planning to vote on a massive medical innovation called 21st Century Cures, which has recently drawn ire from liberals including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.).

The lengthier agenda in the Senate could keep the upper chamber in town through next week.

- Scott Wong contributed.