U.S. Congress eyes short-term funding measure as COVID-19, omnibus talks continue

Medical workers outside at Elmhurst Hospital Center in the Queens borough of New York City on March 26, 2020. - Elmhurst reported 13 COVID-19 patients died at the hospital in a 24-hour span, according to officials on March 25, 2020. The number of deaths recorded between March 24 and March 25 was “consistent with the number of ICU patients being treated there,” a spokesman for the city public hospital systems said in a statement. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

By Reuters Staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is likely to consider a one-week funding measure to provide additional time for negotiations aimed at hammering out a new COVID-19 relief package and a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill, a Democratic congressional aide said on Monday.

Lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives face a deadline on Dec. 11, when current funding for federal government agencies is due to expire. But neither omnibus nor coronavirus relief negotiations, which are taking place separately, have succeeded in clinching agreements.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said they hope to include the omnibus bill and coronavirus relief in a single legislative package.

Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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