To avoid a government shutdown this Friday, Dec. 16, both houses of Congress plan to vote on a one-week continuing resolution (CR) by Dec. 16. The CR will fund the government through Dec. 23. Passing it will allow House and Senate negotiators to continue to hash out the details of an omnibus spending bill. A “framework” for the bill is now in place. However, details are scant. The omnibus bill would sustain the federal government through the 2023 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. It could also serve as a vehicle for legislation beyond government funding, such as tax extenders and a retirement bill. Whether those measures make it into the bill is far from certain at this time.