Lawmakers push for budget vote to avert government shutdown

Posted: February 8, 2018 at 12:49 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. answers a question during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers pushed to enact a massive budget deal Thursday along with a stopgap temporary measure to prevent a government shutdown at midnight. GOP leaders tried to shore up support among conservatives for a plan that would shower the Pentagon with the billions they favor but also balloon the deficits they despise.

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