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OffbeatHouse approves two-week spending measure to avert shutdown

19:30  06 december  2018
19:30  06 december  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Trump, GOP leaders meet on border wall as shutdown looms

Trump, GOP leaders meet on border wall as shutdown looms With a partial government shutdown looming in just 10 days, President Donald Trump is meeting with Republican leaders to hash out a spending plan that includes funding for Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. Trump is seeking $5 billion for the wall. He has said it could be a "good time" for a shutdown if he doesn't receive the funding he wants for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign. House Republicans approved $5 billion for the wall in a key committee, but a bipartisan bill in the Senate allocates just $1.6 billion for the border.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a massive spending package that funds a large section of government and aims to avert a shutdown , just weeks before the To prevent a shutdown , Congress attached a short-term spending measure , known as a continuing resolution

The House on Thursday approved a two - week spending measure to keep the government funded past the Friday deadline and through Dec. 22. Lawmakers passed it in a 235-193 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote, which is subject to a 60-vote hurdle, and therefore needs Democrats

House approves two-week spending measure to avert shutdown© Stefani Reynolds House approves two-week spending measure to avert shutdown The House passed a two-week measure to keep the government funded and stave off a partial shutdown by unanimous consent on Thursday.

The vote essentially punts a divisive debate on funding for President Trump's border wall to the next two weeks.

The Senate is expected to pass the measure later in the day, just ahead of the Dec. 7 deadline.

Trump is demanding that Congress include at least $5 billion in funding for the wall in legislation to fund the rest of the government through the next fiscal year.

Schumer floats stopgap spending bill amid border wall fight

Schumer floats stopgap spending bill amid border wall fight Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said that Congress should pass a stopgap spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security if President Trump won't agree to $1.6 billion for border security. Schumer said that Trump had "two good bipartisan options" to avoid a shutdown - the Senate's DHS bill or a continuing resolution - both of which, he predicted, would get more than the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate . require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert a federal government shutdown . The short-term measure will fund government programs at current Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer visited the White House after canceling a similar meeting scheduled for last week because

The bill also approves spending for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies, including a 5 percent boost for the National Senators approved the bill 93-7. The measure now goes to the House , where lawmakers are expected to approve it next week , days ahead of a Sept.

Democrats have only agreed to $1.6 billion in funding for border security, and have the ability to filibuster legislation in the Senate. The party will also take over the House majority next month.

Work on a funding deal was largely set aside this week as Congress observed ceremonies surrounding the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush. The House canceled votes this week.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are slated to meet with Trump to discuss spending levels next week.

The continuing resolution extends funding at current levels for a slew of government agencies including the Departments of Homeland Security, State, Interior, Justice, Transportation and Commerce, among others, until Dec. 21.

The legislation also provides a two-week stop-gap for the National Flood Insurance Program and extends programs included in the last stopgap measure, such as the Violence Against Women Act, for an additional two weeks.

In September, Congress passed separate legislation fully funding other major departments, including Defense, Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services.

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