- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Congress will vote this week on a stopgap bill to keep the government funded through April 28, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday, pushing the deadline nearly a month longer than initially planned as GOP leaders predict a crowded schedule at the beginning of next year.

The full spending bill is expected to be unveiled later Tuesday, as leaders try to settle final fights and take care of pressing needs, such as a pot of money needed to ensure miners don’t lose health care at the end of the month.

The government has been operating on a temporary spending bill since Oct. 1, when the fiscal year began. That temporary bill expires at the end of this week, and lawmakers have spent days trying to figure out how much further to kick the can into next year.

Originally the goal had been March 30, which would be halfway through the new fiscal year. But Mr. Ryan said senators realized they would be stretched for time, since they’ll also need to vote on President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees early next year.

“The date that we have in this bill was largely to accommodate the Senate’s crowded schedule,” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan also dismissed the fury over Mr. Trump taking a congratulatory call from the president of Taiwan, saying it would have been more insulting if the president-elect had refused a courtesy call.

Critics have said Mr. Trump was risking relations with China, which objects to the U.S. dealing with the government of Taiwan.

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