House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroThis week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprintTwo women could lead a powerful Senate spending panel for first time in historyDemocrats scramble to figure out shutdown strategyMORE (D-Conn.) announced early Thursday that Congress has reached an agreement on a spending deal to fund the government through mid-February, as lawmakers work to stave off a shutdown on Friday.

DeLauro said in a statement that an agreement has been reached on a continuing resolution (CR) that would temporarily fund the government at the previous years levels until a larger bipartisan agreement can be reached on spending or the new year.

DeLauro said the legislation includes virtually no changes to existing funding or policy in an effort to apply pressure for a larger deal for a spending omnibus in the months ahead.  

However, Democrats prevailed in including $7 billion for Afghanistan evacuees. The end date is February 18. While I wish it were earlier, this agreement allows the appropriations process to move forward toward a final funding agreement which addresses the needs of the American people, she said.