According to Punchbowl news outlet, U.S. House of Representatives leaders will offer a stopgap measure to fund the federal government through January, averting a potential shutdown on Friday when current funding expires.

The short-term fix, which would keep US operations running until mid-to-late January, will be introduced on Tuesday, with a possible floor vote as early as Wednesday, according to multiple unnamed Democratic and Republican lawmakers and aides.

It was also stated that government funding for US agencies could be extended until January 21 or January 28.

About the U.S. House of Representatives

Democratic colleagues of US President Joe Biden control the House and have tie-breaking power in the Senate, which is split 50-50. Both must pass legislation before they can sign it into law.

When lawmakers return to Washington later on Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday, a temporary funding bill would allow them to focus on other issues in the coming weeks amid the busy holiday season in the United States.

Before the measure is finalized, a few issues must be worked out, including funding for unaccompanied children at the southern border who are taken into US custody and Afghan refugees held overseas at US military bases, according to Punchbowl.

Congress must also address the federal debt limit in order to avoid a historic default on December 15.