Major disagreements hobble Congress budget talks

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivers a policy address from the Great Hall at the Library of Congress in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is nowhere near reaching a deal on government funding, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday, as Republicans who control both chambers struggled to meet conservative demands and show they can avoid agency shutdowns. With a Friday midnight deadline clearly impossible to meet, the Senate approved a stopgap measure extending the deadline for when the money runs out through next Wednesday. The House of Representatives was expected to pass the stopgap bill on Friday.

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