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Today on the Hill: Congress Dashes Into Recess After Approving CR Last Night

A bipartisan deal ensuring that funding for Flint, Michigan’s water crisis is handled during the lame-duck session allowed lawmakers to quickly approve a continuing resolution (CR) maintaining current levels of government funding through Dec. 9, plus packages to combat the Zika virus and send flood aid to Louisiana and other states affected by natural disasters. Some Democrats continued to object that the Flint crisis should be handled in the CR, but most were assured that the Michigan city would ultimately receive at least $170 million in federal aid through the Water Development Resources Act.

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The Week in Review Early optimism that the Senate could quickly agree upon a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government and leave Washington at the end of the week faded as lawmakers disagreed on the policy riders to be included in the stopgap spending measure. Funding a White House request for emergency resources to be directed towards combatting the Zika virus is almost assured to be in a final package (if not passed separately and on its own), but negotiations remain on issues ranging from changing the quorum rules of the Export-Import Bank to barring a planned handover of American Internet domain oversight to an international body.