Deirdre Walsh

Updated December 2, 2021 at 9:25 PM ET

A day before the federal government is scheduled to run out of money, Congress on Thursday approved a short-term spending bill that will keep federal agencies running through Feb. 18, 2022.

The legislation now goes to President Biden, who needs to sign it before the midnight deadline on Friday to avoid any lapse in funding.

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Lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., with a familiar end-of-the-year agenda — a pileup of important bills and not a lot of time to act on them.

The most immediate issue is avoiding a partial government shutdown at the end of the week, but they also need to address the nation's borrowing authority and annual defense policy bill.

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Congress returns from a holiday break with a full plate of must-pass legislation. Democrats face some pretty big deadlines during a make or break month to pass the rest of President Biden's Build Back Better agenda.

Updated December 1, 2021 at 8:45 PM ET

Democrats in Congress are banking that President Biden's Build Back Better agenda — the largest expansion of the social safety net in decades that includes a wide range of programs to address health care, child care, elder care and climate change is the ticket to keeping their majorities in the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.

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The House of Representatives passed President Biden's domestic spending bill largely along party lines this morning. Here's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Updated November 15, 2021 at 7:15 PM ET

President Biden signed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law Monday, enacting a key piece of his domestic spending agenda that will funnel billions to states and local governments to upgrade outdated roads, bridges, transit systems and more.

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There was a rare sight in Washington this afternoon - the president of the United States surrounded by members of both parties. And it happened as President Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

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