Congress is staring down another government shutdown.
Lawmakers have until midnight Friday to approve a spending bill or see the government's funding authority lapse for the third time this year. Negotiations on the roughly $1.3 trillion legislation to fund the government through the end of September have slowed, despite Congress reaching a deal earlier this year setting spending levels.
Congress may create more last-minute fireworks this week as possible disagreements over both major parties' policy priorities loom. If lawmakers cannot release a spending bill early this week, they may have to pass yet another short-term funding bill to avoid a shutdown.
Republicans and Democrats could push for some political wins in what might be their last spending fight before November's midterm elections.
Leaders of both parties sought an agreement by Monday night, according to the Associated Press. That would set the stage for a House vote by Wednesday.
"I don't see a shutdown happening this week," Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chair of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters Monday.