Congress temporarily averts impending government shutdown

Congress passed a short-term spending bill giving lawmakers time over the weekend to come up with an economic relief bill for Americans who have been financially affected due to the pandemic.
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politics of this pandemic. Overnight, congress temporarily staved off a government shutdown by passing a short-term spending bill that gives them two more days to negotiate an economic relief package for people impacted by the pandemic. The well-being of millions of Americans hang in the balance here. So let's go to ABC's Rachel Scott who is right there in Washington, D.C., covering this. Rachel, good morning to you. Reporter: Dan, good morning. It was down to the wire. Congress averting that government shutdown but this is just a quick fix. It simply buys lawmakers the weekend to try and hash out details on a coronavirus stimulus package before aid runs out for millions of Americans at the end of the year. With just hours before a government shutdown, congress scrambling to fund the government for two more days. The bill landing on the president's desk before the midnight deadline. But the fight on capitol hill is far from over. We cannot turn our backs on this suffering. I voted for the $2.2 trillion C.A.R.E.S. Act but I also am concerned about children's future. Reporter: That measure only a temporary fix giving them another 48 hours to try to finalize a relief package. Earlier in the day, senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell signaled a deal was close earlier in the day. Bipartisan bicameral framework for a major rescue is very close at hand. Reporter: But optimism has quickly faded. They're still at odds overly a roughly $900 billion relief package that includes $600 in direct payments for millions of Americans, plus $300 weekly federal unemployment benefits. Congressman Jim Clyburn telling me lawmakers are determined to get a deal done. What's the holdup and will that relief get to Americans who desperately need it? We are not going home until we pass some legislation that would give relief to the American people. That, I know. Reporter: But as talks drag , stru Americans are waiting for help. I can't shut down this weekend because I have rent to pay, I have to pay my employees. I go from a double-income household to single income. My mom isn't working. I'm the only one working because my mom have to stay home with my daughter for online schooling. Reporter: Another 885,000 people fil unemployment just last week. Across the country lines at food banks stretching for miles. We can always buy fruits and vegetables to supplement it, but meat is expensive. With two kids at home it is really important to have this food. Reporter: Time is running out. Congress now working through the weekend to try and reach a deal. It comes as leaders on both sides of the aisle are trying to build confidence around the vaccine. Over the last 24 hours we've seen vice president Mike pence, speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi and senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell all received their vaccinations. President-Elect Biden is scheduled to receive his on Monday. Rachel Scott, thank you S much.

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