and giving themselves a xmas gift including more time to get a budget deal. since the plan was to have one but fell through due to some things the repubs put in a funding bill like defunding planned parent hood and weaking finacial reforms . plus the big tie up now is renewing some tax breaks. the house and senate to keep the lights on and not wind up with coal aka a government shut down wound up passing a quick funding bill to keep the lights on till they have to do it again. which they will have to . other wise congress avoids looking like a grinch and keeps the government going.

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