Why Congress Is Pushing Back Govt. Shutdown Deadline

Lawmakers are still negotiating over tax breaks and 9/11 responder healthcare.

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, (R-Kentucky), said Friday on the House floor that negotiators were making “good progress” on a deal, but that there are “still many moving pieces" as both sides haggle over the details.

In the wake of shootings in California and Colorado, the California Democrat is also calling on Republicans to end a 19-year ban on federally-funded gun violence research.

Additionally, a bipartisan effort from New York area lawmakers to reauthorize funding for 9/11 first responder healthcare is also a part of ongoing spending negotiations.