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PoliticsSenate Democrats block government spending bill

00:40  19 september  2019
00:40  19 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

House to vote on measure keeping government open until Nov. 21

House to vote on measure keeping government open until Nov. 21 The House is expected to vote next week on legislation to avert a shutdown at month's end and fund the government into late November. The stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, is expected to last until Nov. 21, according to a Democratic aide. Current funding for the federal government will expire on Sept. 30, meaning Congress will need to take action by then to avoid another shutdown. The text of the stopgap bill has not yet been released ahead of an expected floor vote next week.

The move by Senate Democrats to attempt to force a vote on spending bills amounted to an effort to put pressure on Senate Republicans amid the Democrats continue to block other legislation. Later in the afternoon, the standoff between Democrats and Republicans over the shutdown continued to

WASHINGTON — The House approved a stopgap spending bill on Thursday night to keep the government open past Friday, but Senate Democrats Republican leaders had spent Wednesday pressuring Democrats to vote for the spending bill , arguing that opposing it would effectively block

Senate spending talks hit another roadblock on Wednesday amid an entrenched fight over funding for President Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Senate Democrats block government spending bill© Greg Nash Senate Democrats block government spending bill

Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked a bill to fund most of the federal government, marking the latest setback for spending talks with days to go until the Sept. 30 deadline to avoid a shutdown.

Senators voted 51-44 on taking up a House-passed bill that was expected to be the vehicle for any Senate funding action, depriving it of the 60 votes needed to overcome the initial hurdle.

The stalemate comes as Senate spending negotiations have been largely derailed over partisan battles on issues including the wall and concerns among Republicans that Democrats could try to muscle in abortion-related language.

Senators struggle to get spending bills off ground as shutdown looms

Senators struggle to get spending bills off ground as shutdown looms Senate government funding talks are off to a rough start with 10 working days to go until the shutdown deadline. The impasse is throwing into question if senators will be able to get any of the fiscal year 2020 bills through the chamber this month, a setback for Republicans who wanted to clear a major package before October. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said he still wants to bring bills to the Senate floor for a vote but warned that lawmakers need to "negotiate the terrain." "We've been down that road before," he said, asked how the funding talks get unstuck. "There's got to be a resolution to it-it could be sooner. It could be later.

• Much of the federal government officially shut down early Saturday morning after Senate Democrats , showing remarkable solidarity in the face of a clear political danger, blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating. •

WASHINGTON — The Senate blocked a short-term spending bill Friday night, causing a partial government shutdown to begin at midnight. Most Senate Democrats opposed a House-approved spending bill because it wouldn't prevent the deportation of about 800,000 undocumented

Republicans tried to pressure Democrats into supporting the measure ahead of the failed vote Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Democrats of also sinking defense legislation over an immigration fight with Trump.

"We've seen our Democratic colleagues suggest that they may try to shoehorn their long-standing disagreements with President Trump into this appropriations process even though we all agreed not to insist on poison pills," McConnell said.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) added with the shutdown deadline looming it was "no time for partisan politics."

"I encourage my colleagues to move forward in that spirit today, not revert to the partisanship and chaos of past budget years," he added.

Senate set for floor showdown over Trump border wall

Senate set for floor showdown over Trump border wall A simmering fight over President Trump's border wall is poised to come to a head on the Senate floor this week. 

Several Democratic senators want to block all Senate bills until Mitch McConnell takes up a bill to reopen the government . Will Senate Democrats force McConnell’s hand on a government spending bill ?

Washington: Senate Democrats blocked passage of a stopgap spending bill to keep the US government open past midnight on Friday, local time (4pm ADST). A vote to end debate on a short-term spending bill started at 10pm in a last-ditch move to avert the freeze on government spending .

But the government funding bill was widely expected to fail absent an eleventh hour deal to resolve the fight over Trump's border wall.

The Senate Appropriations Committee last week passed a mammoth Pentagon funding bill and top-line spending numbers for all of its 12 appropriations bills, known as 302(b)s, along party lines - raising early questions about whether or not they could get the same bills through the full Senate.

Democrats objected to the top-line spending figures over concerns that Republicans were padding extra funding in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill, legislation that has emerged as a perennial point of conflict for lawmakers tasked with funding the government.

Democratic senators also balked at supporting the defense spending bill because Republicans rejected including an amendment that would have prevented Trump from shifting funding from the military to the border wall without congressional signoff.

House reaches deal on continuing resolution, vote expected Thursday

House reaches deal on continuing resolution, vote expected Thursday The House is expected to file a Continuing Resolution Wednesday evening to prevent a government shutdown until November 21, The Hill has learned. A vote on the House floor is expected Thursday. House Democrats unexpectedly pulled the bill from rules consideration on Tuesday night over disagreements with Republicans over several issues, including how the extension dealt with health care and aid to farmers affected by the trade war with China. Negotiations continued Wednesday with Senate Republicans in hopes of striking a deal before the House vote, which would allow the Senate to take up the bill as is.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats late Thursday blocked a quick vote on a short-term spending bill to keep the government open, roiling Washington with brinkmanship less than 30 hours before a midnight Friday deadline for a shutdown and President Donald Trump's 100th day in office.

The House passed a short-term spending bill Thursday night to keep the government open, but Senate Democrats and a few Republicans House passes short-term spending bill , but legislation faces long odds in Senate . Deirdre Shesgreen and Eliza Collins, USA TODAY Published 10:55 a.m

Democrats are fuming after the Pentagon announced earlier this month that it would move forward with shifting $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build the wall, in line with an emergency declaration Trump issued earlier this year. Democrats are expected to force a vote this month to try to nix the emergency declaration.

Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, added that without a deal on top-line spending, Democrats would not support moving the government funding legislation on the floor during Wednesday's vote.

"We need 302(b) allocations. ... They took billions out of [the Department of Health and Human Services] to put into the wall and that is problematic ... and we need sequencing to know how we're going to bring up these bills," Durbin said.

Asked about McConnell's plan to try to take up a spending package, he warned that "I don't think Democrats will support."

Wednesday's vote marks the first time McConnell has tried to move spending bills on the Senate floor this year.

Some of the biggest obstacles still need to be worked out by senators, including the DHS bill and a fight over military construction, which is considered controversial because Republicans want to include money to replace the $3.6 billion directed toward the wall.

Lawmakers have until Oct. 1 to prevent the second government shutdown of the year after a 35-day partial shutdown ended in February.

House Democrats are wanting to move a continuing resolution (CR) this week that would fund the government through Nov. 21.

But they had to yank the bill off the Rules Committee schedule on Tuesday amid last-minute disputes including trade-related language.

A House Democratic aide said on Wednesday that the goal is still to vote on the CR this week.

"Negotiations are stuck because Republicans are refusing to agree to transparency language that would show the cost of the Trump trade war, state-by-state and commodity-by-commodity. However, given that is the final item, we remain hopeful that the CR can be filed today and voted on this week," the aide said.

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Senate passes stopgap spending bill, delays potential shutdown .
The Senate Thursday approved a stopgap spending bill, avoiding a government shutdown. © Dreamstime *SENATE The continuing resolution, which passed with a vote of 82 to 15, would maintain congressional spending authorization until Nov. 21, and reauthorize programs that would otherwise have lapsed at the end of September. Congress will be able to use the extra time to try and work out appropriations bills for 2020.The measure already passed in the House with a 301-123 vote. Three Democratic representatives opposed the bill, and 76 Republicans voted in favor.

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