In this last week before holiday recess begins, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. will try to avoid a government shutdown by agreeing on a funding bill called a "cromnibus," named because it combines emergency spending provisions in a "continuing resolution" with an "omnibus" bill that funds the rest of government.
House Speaker John Boehner wants to pass a budget bill, but conservative Republicans angry over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration might throw a wrench into the works.
Also, how will the expected release of a much-anticipated report on CIA torture play out in politics?
NPR's Ron Elving joins Here & Now's Robin Young to explore these questions and see what's ahead for the week in Washington.
This segment aired on December 8, 2014.