Speaker Nancy Pelosi ‘optimistic’ Congress will pass an omnibus bill | USA TODAY

Congress passed a short-term spending bill that will keep the government open as lawmakers negotiate the appropriations package for the fiscal year.

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The measure, which passed the House Wednesday, will push the looming Dec. 16 shutdown deadline to midnight Dec. 23. Congressional leaders are optimistic that they can hammer out final details for a FY 2023 spending bill that would run through Sept. 30.

While Congress successfully delayed a government shutdown, lawmakers still need to reach an agreement on a final spending bill that can pass both chambers. Lawmakers leading the negotiations are working "around the clock" to finalize the bill, according to Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Democratic chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

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