Congress is barreling toward a government shutdown deadline.
Unless Congress acts, the government will shut down Friday.
Democrats and Republicans have until midnight on January 19 to find a way to fund the government and keep the doors open — and it’s proven to be challenging. Spending bills need bipartisan support to pass the 60-vote threshold in the Senate, and Democrats are using the opportunity to push some of their legislative priorities, including a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which the administration began sunsetting for young immigrants in September. To complicate negotiations further, Republicans also need Democratic votes to raise the budget caps on military spending or risk triggering a sequester — across-the-board budget cuts on everything from education to defense.