Senate Sends Short-Term Spending Bill to Trump to Avoid Shutdown

Senators were able to pass a short-term spending bill on Thursday to fund the government for two weeks in their efforts to avoid a shutdown.

President Donald Trump now needs to sign the continuing resolution before the shutdown deadline Friday.

The House already passed the bill less than an hour earlier, which provides funding through December 21.

Both chambers quickly passed the resolution, without much debate, with a voice vote.

“Several of our biggest achievements in this Congress couldn’t have happened without bipartisan support like the landmark opioids legislation,” Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said on the Senate floor hours before the vote.

“Our work for the rest of the year will also need cooperation and a bipartisan spirit, particularly when it comes to funding the rest of our government.”

“We already joined together to fund roughly 75 percent of the federal government.”

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Cornyn called for bipartisan cooperation while appealing to the memory of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last week.

The Texas senator noted the way in which both sides have come together to mourn the 41st president’s passing — and how that echoed Bush’s own call about working together.

“While we complete our work on the remaining appropriations bills, I expect a lot of the focus to be on border security,” Cornyn said. “And it’s no secret coming from a border state this is very serious business to me. I know it is to many of our colleagues.”

Trump made border security a core promise of his presidency, with a $5 billion security wall along the southern border a pivotal piece of that plan. But he has said he is willing to sign the continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has instead offered to compromise with $1.6 billion for border security.

“Democrats have offered to pass the bipartisan DHS appropriations bill, agreed to six months ago, which includes $1.6 billion for border security,” Schumer said on the Senate floor on Thursday.

“But there has been some confusion about that figure. 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 experts say fencing is appropriate.”

Congress was able to fund the bulk of the government

Source:: LifeZette


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