The news in DC this week will be the struggle among House Republicans to see if they can develop a plan to avoid a partial government shutdown on Saturday.  Additionally, events on the battlefield in Ukraine have focused attention on the House to act on the Senate passed bipartisan Military Aid Supplemental funding both Ukraine and Israel.

Under the leadership of House Speaker Mike Johnson, the government was funded in two tranches. The first, expires on March 1 and includes the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, Housing and Veteran Affairs.  The rest of the government, including Defense and HHS are funded until March 8th.

Over the weekend appropriations staff and Congressional leadership continued talks to see if there may be a breakthrough for at least those Departments that need action by the weekend.  Reportedly, the biggest obstacle is demands by Conservative Republicans to include policy riders on issues that range from abortion to the border.  Most of the conservative riders are opposed by Democrats making passage by the Senate impossible.  Indeed, there is a group of more moderate Republicans who are opposed to some of the policy riders.

To turn up the heat on House Republicans to act on both government funding and the M...

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