Pence says White House, Congress have reached agreement to avoid shutdown without adding coronavirus relief

Mike Pence told CNBC that avoiding a shutdown with a continuing resolution would allow officials to focus on coronavirus stimulus.

The Trump administration and Congress have agreed to pass a bill to avoid a government shutdown without tying funding to separate measures such as coronavirus relief, Vice President Mike Pence said Friday.

Approving a so-called continuing resolution, which would temporarily set federal spending at current levels, would not inject the heated politics of pandemic aid into efforts to keep the government running.

“Now, we can focus just on another relief bill, and we’re continuing to do that in good faith,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.”

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