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If Congress doesn't reauthorize funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), at least 1.2 million children could lose their healthcare.
The House passed a funding bill to keep the government open until December 22. The bill needs to be approved by the Senate to avoid a shutdown on Friday.
Congressional negotiations on legislation to avoid a government shutdown have hit stumbling blocks in recent days.
Republican congressional leaders rolled out a plan to extend the government funding to December 22, to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week.
President Donald Trump is said to believe that a government shutdown could be politically beneficial.
Democratic leaders will not attend a meeting with President Trump to negotiate a government-funding bill after the president attacked them on Twitter.
Government-shutdown negotiations, Federal Reserve chair hearings, and the Senate Budget Committee's consideration of the tax bill make Tuesday a huge day in DC.
President Donald Trump and GOP leaders are seeking to advance their tax bill while avoiding a government shutdown and dealing with other looming deadlines.
Washington is lurching toward a federal government shutdown in early December.
Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, along with President Donald Trump, favored the deal. Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan opposed.