At the eleventh hour, the Senate passed a stop-gap spending bill that will fund the government until February 8. The bill heads to the House, who is expected to pass it, and then onto Trump.

From the WaPo:

With bipartisan support, the Senate approved legislation that would extend funding for several major government departments until Feb. 8, a measure that would avert a partial government shutdown at the end of the week but does not include any new funds President Trump sought for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The House will vote next on the stopgap measure, and lawmakers say they expect Trump to sign it. But the White House has not confirmed the president’s stance on the deal, which would punt the next round of wall funding negotiations until after Democrats take control of the House.

According to Politico, the Senate will remain in session Thursday as they await the House vote.

Senator Cruz opposed the resolution and released the following statement:

“The American people gave us a clear mandate: secure the border and build the wall.

“I have long called for building a wall as a necessary step in defending our border and stopping the flow of illegal immigration into our country. To that end, I introduced the EL CHAPO Act and the WALL Act – two bills that would offset the cost of completing the wall and securing our border.

“Unfortunately, this continuing resolution fails to reflect these priorities by not sufficiently securing the border. This is a missed opportunity to deliver on the promises made to the American people. Further, this bill continues to fund sanctuary cities, which are defying the law and making Americans less safe. We should instead pass Kate’s Law, a bill I introduced that would put criminal illegal immigrants in jail so they cannot prey on innocent Americans.

“Congress must do better. I will continue to fight for a better path that respects the will of the American people.”


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