(CNN) — “Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said: “Republicans need to take responsibility. We’ll see what happens.”

It’s three days until a potential government shutdown and Republicans are still charting a path forward to head off the looming crisis.

GOP leaders negotiated Tuesday with the conservative House Freedom Caucus to try to convince them a two-week must-pass spending bill that leaders are advocating won’t lead to the conservative group being jammed by a second pre-Christmas spending bill chalk full of controversial policy items.

Freedom Caucus members said they were primarily concerned that the two-week bill — which would fund the government through December 22 — would force them to later accept another short-term bill to keep the government open into the New Year that includes immigration policy, an Obamacare stabilization package and a variety of other supplemental spending right before members rush to get home for the winter holiday break.

Click to continue reading. By Lauren Fox, Deirdre Walsh and Ted Barrett, CNN. Dec. 6, 2017.

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