Trump signs a one week during gap spending bill in order to avert government shutdown for one more week.
This decision was taking by a majority of Democrats and Republicans in Congress who passed the spending bill on Friday. This gives lawmakers until next Friday at midnight to hammer out a spending deal for the rest of the fiscal year.
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With no hesitation, the Senate quickly approved the House’s continuing resolution — or “CR” in Washington-speak. The CR passed the House 373 to 30. Trump signed the bill in private.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said “progress” had been made between the parties on the deal as lawmakers stayed up past midnight negotiating.
“Not all the poison pill riders have been eliminated,” Schumer said. “We’re willing to extend things for a little time in hopes that the same kind of progress will be made.”
“The legislation…will carry us through next week, so that a bipartisan final agreement can be reached and so that members will have time to review that legislation before we take it up,” Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement.
According to a news report from Yahoo, Democrats have objected to riders to the spending bill cutting funding for health care, environmental programs and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Republicans already backed down from the president’s demand that the spending bill include money for a border wall, and the White House assured Democrats it would continue to fund a key part of Obamacare. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., also said the final spending bill will include a “permanent fix” for a government program funding healthcare for retired miners.
In the House, Democrats also objected to Republicans passing a repeal of Obamacare using the same rule, or procedure, that they used for the spending bill. But Republicans backed off that too, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announcing Thursday night that there would be no vote on health care this week.
Democrats entered negotiations with significant leverage, since Republicans need their votes for a spending bill to advance in the Senate and they believed the GOP would take the blame for a government shutdown.