Democrats and Republicans Reach Deal to Try to Prevent Government Shutdown
House vote is expected later Thursday on agreement extending government funding into mid-February

WASHINGTON—Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement to extend government funding through Feb. 18, taking the first step toward avoiding a government shutdown this weekend.

With current funding set to lapse at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, lawmakers will now move to rapidly bring the legislation through the House and Senate. The House is expected to pass the bill on Thursday.