The Senate just voted 91 to 9 to pass a two-week continuing resolution that will keep the government funded through March 18, and thus avoid the possibility of the government shutting down on Friday.
That said, all this does is buy lawmakers more time to hash out a deal — but the two sides are still very far apart. Agreeing on how much to cut is actually the relatively easy aspect of negotiations. The more complex problem involves how to resolve the policy-related questions — such as defunding ObamaCare, defunding Planned Parenthood, and defunding the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon. On those issues, there’s no way to simply split the difference and call it a day.