Congress is back to work today and negotiations are in full swing to cut a deal to avoid the government shutdown this Thursday evening, February 8. Some reports are coming in that a six week deal is in the making for a funding extension until March 23rd. While a deal on budget caps remain elusive, there are reports that an extension bill will include funding for community health centers. Also, an expected immigration bill should come out in the Senate today that is sponsored by Sen. Coons (D-DE) and Sen. McCain (R-AZ). Debate on an immigration bill was part of the deal to avoid a shutdown last month.