Congress passes stopgap spending bill to avert government shutdown

Congress passes stopgap spending bill to avert government shutdown

Congress passes stopgap spending bill to avert government shutdown

"It could happen", Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, in response to a reporter's question about the Friday deadline for a spending bill to fund the government.

The measure passed in the House on a 235-193 vote Thursday, mostly along party lines, and would keep the government running through December 22. The idea is to buy time for negotiations on unfinished bipartisan business on Capitol Hill, including the budget, a key children's health program and aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico. They say "we had a productive conversation on a wide variety of issues".

"We need to continue to keep the government funded and keep". Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, ticking off a roster of Democratic priorities, including domestic spending increases, funding for veterans and money to battle opioid abuse, immigration and health care.

Some conservatives said they're being strong-armed by leaders.

The meeting also included Republicans leaders - House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Negotiations are sure to be tricky. Democrats are seeking more funding for domestic priorities and permanent legal status for undocumented immigrants brought to the children.

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The immigrants are viewed sympathetically by the public and most lawmakers but face deportation in a few months because Trump reversed administrative protections provided to them by former President Barack Obama.

In a later meeting with reporters, Pelosi offered a list of reasons - including defense spending - for not supporting the CR deal.

"It's always the load-up-the-Christmas-tree play, go get Democrat votes, bust the budget caps", Brat said of past spending showdowns when Democratic votes were needed.

The House is set to vote on the bill Thursday.

The two week extension would give Democrats and Republicans time to negotiate spending issues.

Meadows said they would help it pass to avoid distractions from the GOP drive to push their treasured $1.5tn tax bill through Congress this month.

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Brady, who leads the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said House Republicans are still deciding which taxes they would sunset.

The measure now goes to President Trump for his signature. "There will be zero support on numbers that are too high, regardless of anybody's position on that".

Democrats hope to use their leverage in the year-end budget battle to win concessions on spending, immigration and other issues.

Democrats made clear their unhappiness.

The prospects for successful White House talks were buffeted Wednesday when the impulsive Trump blurted to reporters that a shutdown "could happen". "They want to have illegal immigrants, in many cases people that we don't want in our country, they want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime". Conservatives are asking for a commitment leadership does not believe it can give them: a promise to "hold the line" and refuse Senate Democrats' demands for increased spending on non-defense programs.

This time, the White House smoothed the waters by following up with a more peaceable, written statement.

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In the next round of spending talks, Democrats are hoping to negotiate legal protections for the almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the children and had been shielded from deportation under an Obama-era executive order. CHIP, which has nearly always been a bipartisan priority, expired over two months ago, but Congressional Republicans continued to play games with this vital program that helps the most vulnerable children in our society ... An hour later, the Senate followed suit and passed it on 81-14 vote.

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