Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

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  • In this image from video from Senate Television, Vice President Joe Biden presides over the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for Biden. The overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. (Senate TV via AP)

    In this image from video from Senate Television, Vice President Joe Biden presides over the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared ... its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for Biden. The overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. (Senate TV via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves a news conference with the GOP leadership, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves a news conference with the GOP leadership, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (The Associated Press)

Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a stopgap spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend.

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The temporary budget bill, scheduled to be unveiled late Tuesday, would keep federal agencies functioning into next spring, giving the new Congress and the incoming Trump administration time to approve more than $1 trillion to fund federal agencies through the Sept. 30 end of the government's budget year.

Current spending expires at midnight Friday. Since the measure is the only absolute must-do bill before Congress adjourns, it's likely to carry several add-ons, including flood relief, money for overseas military operations, and help for Flint, Michigan, to fix its lead-tainted water system.