Lawmakers face $1 trillion decision

Congress must figure out how to fund government through next year at a pricetag of $1 trillion.

Politico reports that lawmakers have three options: an omnibus bill, a yearlong CR that keeps agencies funded at current levels or a short-term resolution that would “punt everything to the new Congress”

An omnibus bill would open Democrats to Republican criticism that the bill was “cooked up behind closed doors.” But a CR would still cost more than $1 trillion to fund government through next September.

Some conservative Republicans want a short-term CR until early next year, but then the new Republican House majority would have to deal with both this year’s and next year’s budget.

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The deadline on the current CR is Dec 3.

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