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Harry Reid

Congress avoids shutdown, but more budget troubles are ahead

WASHINGTON _ Congress has avoided one shutdown crisis but potentially set the stage for another.tmpplchld Now that lawmakers in the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved a continuing resolution to keep the government flush with cash until Dec. 11, the Obama administration and Republican and Democratic congressional leaders have launched efforts to forge a two-year budget deal in order to avoid shutdown showdowns that the nation has endured over the past few years.tmpplchld There's trouble ahead. "It's going to be a very messy December, not a very merry Christmas," said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a bipartisan budget watchdog...