BBC News - US Congress funding feud threatens government shutdown
More at linkA US partial government shutdown is looming amid the latest spending dispute to cripple Congress - over two provisions in a federal funding bill.
The Democratic-led Senate has blocked legislation passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
The Democrats oppose Republican demands that funding for victims of hurricanes and wildfires be offset with cuts to clean energy programmes.
The stopgap spending bill is to fund the government beyond September's end.
Lawmakers from both sides have said disaster relief should not be a matter of controversy.
But with Congress' approval ratings in the basement, analysts say the dispute is just another sign of how partisan rancour is hampering US lawmakers' ability to pass even the most basic legislation.