BY: BENJAMIN SIEGEL, ABC News
(NEW YORK) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agreed on Thursday to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month by taking up a stopgap government funding bill, according to a person familiar with their Tuesday phone call.
The informal agreement would stave off a government shutdown after Sept. 30, and avoid entangling the issue with ongoing coronavirus relief negotiations, which have been at a standstill for several weeks.
The proposal to fund government at current levels could avoid a shutdown before the November election, and potentially through the end of the year, depending on the agreement reached by Democrats and the Trump administration.
“House Democrats are for a clean continuing resolution,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told ABC News.
The Treasury Department did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the Pelosi-Mnuchin phone call.
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