House Votes To Dodge Gov't Shutdown

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

The drama over whether the House will pass legislation preventing a weekend partial government shutdown is essentially over.

With the government set to run out of money on midnight Friday, GOP leaders are moving forward with a short-term fix to give negotiations another two weeks to ink a larger long-term spending deal between Democrats, Republicans and the White House.

"I feel good where we are", Ryan said Thursday of the government funding vote.

The defense bill would likely be paired with disaster relief funding and the Children Health Insurance Program fund to incentivize both parties to support the legislation. With 52 Republicans in the chamber, that means they need at least eight votes from Democrats or the independents who caucus with them.

The House approved the bill on a 235-193 vote. However, there have been numerous positive signs in recent days that congressional leaders, despite their stark divisions on policy, want to reach a deal, including a collegial conversation between McConnell and Schumer on the Senate floor shortly before they traveled to the White House. "And we hope that we're going to make some great progress for our country". Unlike the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and overhaul the tax code, Republicans need 60 votes in the Senate to pass government funding. "I think that will happen", Trump said. So the House planned to approve legislation Thursday financing federal agencies through December 22.

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

Pelosi also insisted that any final bill include help for immigrants, specifically young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children and now have led full lives in the USA; they've been educated and have begun careers here, and some have even joined the military.

Passage of the bill came after President Trump met with congressional leaders Thursday from both parties in the House and Senate at the White House to discuss the issue of government funding ahead of the Friday deadline to fund the government.

"This is a waste of time", she said. Republicans are insisting on a major boost to defense spending. Democrats say that would be acceptable if spending on domestic programs is increased with parity.

The White House meeting came just over a week after another between the four congressional leaders and Trump was abruptly canceled by Democrats after Trump tweeted that he didn't think they would be able to reach a deal.

While dozens of Republicans said they'd like to see a deal before the end of the year, just two House members - both from Florida - Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have said they'd vote against any year-end spending deal that didn't include an immigration deal.