WASHINGTON – As senators narrowed their differences on a proposal to break a stalemate over unemployment insurance, congressional leaders reached agreement late Monday on a $1 trillion spending package to avoid a government shutdown this week.
The intense day of private negotiations on Capitol Hill shows a Congress that is trying to move past the partisan brinkmanship that has paralyzed the legislative process in recent years. Republicans, in particular, have calculated that voters are tired of the gamesmanship and want the federal government to provide basic services.
Votes are set for today in the Senate on the jobless aid package as a small group of key Republican senators emerged as a potential voting bloc that could form a coalition for compromise with Democrats.
Is it always a good thing when Congress reaches an agreement?