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CNNMoney.com Staff Reporter
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Once again, Congress is facing intense deadline pressure to pass a budget to fund the the federal government.
A temporary budget extension was enacted earlier this month. The problem is that it will expire on Saturday at midnight, so Congress must act before then.
Last week, the House did its part. It approved a $1.1 trillion "continuing resolution" to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year next September.
The House vote was 212 to 206. Now it's the Senate's turn.
The failure to extend funding could lead to furloughs of federal employees and a sharp reduction in governmental activities.
The good news, if you can call it that, is that Congress has been at this point many times before and has usually passed at least another continuing resolution.
But things might not go so smoothly this time.
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