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House, Senate Pass Stopgap Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

House, Senate Pass Stopgap Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

Now it’s up to Trump.

*UPDATE* Senate has also passed the stopgap spending bill, sending it to President Donald Trump’s desk.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a two-week spending bill that will beat the deadline of a government shutdown.

From The Hill:

House Republicans managed to pass the legislation mostly along party lines in the 235-193 vote, despite often coming short of securing a majority of the majority on measures to keep the government open in recent years.

Fourteen Democrats voted for the measure and 18 Republicans voted no.

The spending patch through Dec. 22 gives lawmakers time to negotiate a bipartisan budget deal. At that time, Congress is expected to pass another short-term patch so that appropriators can craft a spending package to keep federal agencies funded through the rest of the 2018 fiscal year.

“I think it’s kind of just basic governing is keeping government going while we negotiate the final details,” said Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

It took until the last minute for Ryan to find support within the GOP to pass the bill. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) didn’t want a short-term funding bill, but he really didn’t want the government to shutdown.

The conservative Freedom Caucus eventually agreed on a December 22 deadline after the GOP leaders agreed “to push for increased funding for defense programs through 2018 on the next spending bill.”

The GOP has the majority in the senate so it should not be a problem to push it through tomorrow. Moderate Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) spokesman stated that “the senator was likely to vote in favor of the bill.”

The Democrats already have their demands ready to go for the next round of negotiations. From USA Today:

In the next round of spending talks, Democrats are hoping to negotiate legal protections for the nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and had been shielded from deportation under an Obama-era executive order.

President Trump reversed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in September but gave Congress six months to come up with a solution. Democrats and a growing number of Republicans say that Congress can’t wait until just before the deadline to find a solution.

“January and February are not the most productive months in Washington … I don’t want the fate of these young people to be hung in the balance,” Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who is one of the most vocal advocates of a solution for DACA recipients before the end of the year, said on a call with reporters Thursday.


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Close The Fed | December 7, 2017 at 5:41 pm

This is GARBAGE.

So practically on Christmas Eve they’ll be negotiating to give our country away to foreigners, so they can pull this stunt while we citizens are otherwise engaged.

Just like KenyanCare. Christmas Eve chicanery.

We need a constitutional amendment against legislation like this being done between December 5th and January 5th.

You know, I didn’t hear one ‘cut’ in that slushpile. Not one ‘freeze’ or even a ‘slowdown’ anywhere.

Vote them out and put people in who will work for the best interests of AMERICANS instead of illegal aliens!

Same as it ever was…

Republicans are not only corrupt they are idiots. By having a few Dems votes to pass this, there’s no “obstructionist” rhetoric and the rest of their party gets cover.

Why not shut this crap down? Shut it down…sick of them using hyperbole because everything essential will still be running the next day.

    4th armored div in reply to healthguyfsu. | December 7, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    this comes up again in 2 weeks –
    do not think that Trump will be snookered –
    he said that he is willing to have the shut down and this time it will be blamed on the DummyCraps.

    Trump plays 3-d Chess while the others are playing tiddlywinks.

“I think it’s kind of just basic governing is keeping government going while we negotiate the final details,” said Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).”
What crap! Ryan smiling about this makes me want to throw up.

If the President vetoes this slovenly “business as usual” rubbish … he’ll end up with his portrait on Mount Rushmore.

As we have seen from ‘shutdowns’ in the past the president has enormous power to decide what will be shutdown and what will not. I cannot help but wonder what the country would think if a shutdown occurred and only bureaucrats (invariably Democrats) were impacted. Lay off 55% if Department of Education and EPA. Use the shutdown to strangle leftist organizations what have become dependent upon graft from the federal government to survive.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to iconotastic. | December 7, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Ha ha ha…..

    Don’t you think President Trump has thought of that many many times?

    tom_swift in reply to iconotastic. | December 7, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    if a shutdown occurred and only bureaucrats (invariably Democrats) were impacted.

    Considering their performance level of late, I wouldn’t lose a lot of sleep if Republican bureaucrats were “retired” as well.

This shutdown stuff is so stupid. They shut down every weekend.

For a Budget bill, why do R’s even need a single D vote? Why even talk to them??

DINORightMarie | December 8, 2017 at 2:15 am

He will sign this, and most likely make a statement that he expects the Tax bill on his desk to sign before they adjourn for Christmas break.

Also, doubtful the House and/or Senate will leave DC for their break with a shutdown in place. It is HORRIBLE optics, and of COURSE Republicans would be blamed….and they know it.

So, not a surprise they – and Trump, I predict – did this. Trump wants tax reform as “a Christmas present to the American people” but it is highly doubtful he would risk bad PR by closing down DC at Christmas-time…….

    Well, Republicans will always get blamed for any shutdown… by the media, it’s never an excuse not to do the right thing. Away from the media and DC though, there is great support for shutdowns in the rest of the nation. After the government shutdown in ’95, republicans actually picked up seats in ’96, there was no backlash.

    Republicans just use the backlash threat as an excuse to govern counter their own base and expand government.

    Also, talk about ‘HORRIBLE optics’, I find no optics as horrible as $19 trillion worth of debt. Sure Dems are responsible, but this ‘achievement’ couldn’t have happened without Republican collusion.

Ryan: a face only another backstabbing GOPe swine could love.

buckeyeminuteman | December 8, 2017 at 6:35 am

These 535 idiots get paid right around $200K per year of our money to make these kind of decisions by 30 Sep. Procrastinating to 9 Dec, then 22 Dec and everywhere in between over the previous nine years is ridiculous. Their primary job is to create a budget which hasn’t happened since 2008. I want my money back.

BIG LIST of GOP lawmakers who want to save Obama’s amnesty
A group of 34 House Republicans are pressuring Speaker Paul Ryan to give a Christmas present to the roughly 800,000 young people who entered the count…

Maybe the 535 idiots need a performance incentive (dis). A reduction in salary for every day the timing is not met.

Nah. They would find some way to make up the deductionM

Continuing Resolutions are just a sneaky way of continuing Obama agenda funding.
Repeal & Replace Ryan & McConnell! #RepealReplaceRyanMcConnell