WASHINGTON, April 25 The top Republican in the
U.S. Senate said on Tuesday he hoped to reach agreement "in the
next few days" on a bill to fund the government through Sept.
30, saying it was too soon to talk about a short-term fix to
avert a government shutdown at midnight on Friday.
"We're hoping to reach an agreement in the next few days on
how to process the entire bill through September 30th," Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters. "I don't want to
speculate about whether that can actually clear this week."
(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell, writing by Tim
Ahmann, editing by G Crosse)