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OffbeatCongress approves short-term spending bill to avert government shutdown

20:30  06 december  2018
20:30  06 december  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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.

Still, some areas of government will not get funding approved on time by the Sunday deadline. To prevent a shutdown , Congress attached a short - term spending Adding to some of the uncertainty is a veto threat Trump made on the last major spending bill to avert a government shutdown .

Congress has averted a shutdown of the federal government , narrowly passing a temporary spending bill that will now go to Donald Trump to Congress had until midnight on Friday to pass a “continuing resolution” to keep government operations running. The House bill passed by 231-188

Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert government shutdown© Reuters/JIM BOURG U.S. Capitol building is seen on the morning of the 2018 U.S. midterm election in Washington

By Amanda Becker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress on Thursday approved a two-week stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, setting up a potential showdown over President Donald Trump's proposed border wall later this month.

Without action by Congress, funding for several federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Department of Homeland Security, had been set to expire this week. The stopgap bill extends funding through Dec. 21.

Congress considers measure to postpone shutdown deadline until after Bush memorial services

Congress considers measure to postpone shutdown deadline until after Bush memorial services Funding for parts of the federal government is set to expire at midnight Dec. 7, but Congress is deadlocked over Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall.

House and Senate vote to fund government agencies until 22 December as congressional leaders meet Donald Trump to discuss longer- term deal.

WASHINGTON — Congress averted a government shutdown Wednesday as the Senate and then the House approved a short - term spending bill , allowing lawmakers to avoid a crisis and return home to campaign. The stopgap spending bill , which would fund the government through Dec.

Before the stopgap bill expires, the Republican-led Congress is expected to consider a $450 billion bill to fund the departments through the fiscal year that ends next Sept. 30.

Trump has demanded $5 billion this year as part of his plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico that Democrats argue would be ineffective at keeping out illegal immigrants and illicit drugs.

Instead, Democrats want to continue improving less costly fencing and employing high-tech instruments to detect illegal border crossings. They have agreed to include $1.6 billion for additional border security.

"Let me be clear: the $1.6 billion cannot be used to construct any part of President Trump's 30-foot-tall concrete border wall. It can only be used for fencing, using technology currently deployed at the border, and only where the experts say fencing is appropriate and makes sense," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Thursday.

Trump has threatened to force a partial government shutdown if Congress does not give him the money he wants for the wall.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker; additional reporting by Richard Cowan; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

GOP set for blame over shutdown.
Republicans are facing a starkly different shutdown fight as they close a difficult 2018 that will see them ushered out of the House majority. A little less than a year ago, President Trump and his GOP allies enjoyed a victory in January over Democrats in what they termed the "Schumer shutdown." At the time, the party was riding high off Trump's biggest legislative victory to date: passage of a huge tax-cut bill. The GOP rejected Democratic demands to add language helping young undocumented immigrants to a government-funding bill, and then watched with glee as the opposing party took the blame for closing the government.

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