A spending bill required to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month has cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate.
Partisan to the core, Congress careened toward a holiday-season standoff Monday on legislation to prevent a Social Security payroll tax increase for 160 million workers on Jan. 1.
Highlights of the $1 trillion-plus 2012 spending legislation in Congress:
WTOP's Capital Hill Correspondent Dave McConnell reports.
Most Americans want Congress to vote to continue the payroll tax reduction, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that comes as Democrats and Republicans wrestle over whether to extend the cut through 2012.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius emailed staffers Wednesday about the prospects of a shutdown.
Federal workers talk with WTOP's Kristi King.