With only a week to go before the expiration of the current Continuing Resolution (CR), there are unconfirmed reports that both sides of the aisle are inching towards a short term deal. There are discussions and rumors of a new $100 billion increase in spending caps along with a another Continuing Resolution until sometime in late February. Thorny issues that tangle the negotiations are immigration (DACA) agreements surrounding the "Dreamers", the CHIP program, border security, and several other issues. Many from both parties are unhappy, principally appropriators, the defense community and the military. Stand by for a deal at the 11th hour (perhaps no later than Wednesday, January 17th) or a government shutdown will occur late Friday, January 19th. Stay tuned.