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GOP pressing plan to avert government shutdown on Dec. 8

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks through the Capitol as lawmakers return to work after their Thanksgiving break to face unfinished business on taxes and spending, in Washington.

WASHINGTON >> House GOP leaders are looking to keep the government’s doors open through Dec. 22. They’re hoping that talks with Democrats over spending and immigration could head off a government shutdown that neither side says it wants.

Republicans are preparing a bill to head off a government shutdown next Friday the government operating through Dec. 22. The idea is to win a bipartisan agreement on spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies — whose budgets otherwise would be frozen — and pave the way for a catchall, government-wide spending bill in January.

But battles over immigration and President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall would still threaten to spark a government shutdown, either just before Christmas or in January.

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