No Christmas shutdown but Congress faces the same crisis in the next month: “It’s crazy’

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Shutdown avoided: Interim spending bill pushes work until 2018

The Congress returns in January, with a long to-do list; Chad Pergram explained.

January is the new December in Congress.

The legislature dashed out of Washington Thursday night after approving a short-term bill, the government through Jan. 19. December should be, was an epic month on Capitol Hill. The legislator expected that the brawls on a variety of seemingly unsolvable issues, such as military funding, disaster relief and DACA. Then there was the GOP-to-finish finish-to-tax-reform.

The tax debt was the easy part. Republicans wrapped, with relative ease on Wednesday and went to the shelf of almost every major Problem until January.

Ray guy never punted like this.

Have to enforce the holiday spirit easy, to the legislator? Or, basking in the afterglow of the tax reform, the Republicans simply to your senses and realize it was not a good idea to mess with a government shutdown for Christmas?

But in the end, Democrats dig in to Washington to wanted. Democrats noted that the GOP controls both the house of representatives and the Senate. If the Republicans managed to discombobulate your tax reform victory by stumbling into a government shutdown for the holidays, in order. But if the Republicans get act their together, Democrats knew that the problems will not resolve over the break. Democrats would hold even more benefits in January. Plus, Democrats thought they could force the President’s hand on a number of topics, only a few days before the State of the Union speech of Jan 30.

Congressional Republicans reveled in the White house on Wednesday afternoon, after the house approved the final version of the tax debt. But two hours later, the house GOPers sweat in a intense, stroppy meeting in the capital basement about options to avoid a government shutdown.

Some of the GOPers, the speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis concerned., wrong how much good will is estimated, that he would reform garner of the passing on of the tax. She is worried that Ryan would days for its members to adequately eat hardly any bill to avert a government shutdown at the celebration.

“We have tax reform passed,” said a senior House GOPer to leave the meeting. “At least give us two to three hours before the murder of Santa Claus on the way to Christmas.”

Some Republicans complained that the leadership was focused on something else , but the tax bill too late.

“I would walk into a fire for Paul. But [the funding of the government] was never as easy as you thought it would,” said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah. “We need to do a better job multi-tasking.”

Many conservatives with libertarian leanings were upset about the installation of the temporary reauthorization of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to the spending bill. Defenders of the FISA consider the program an important tool in the disruption of terrorism plots. But some lawmakers have could lead to fear of the operation, the spying on Americans without a warrant.

It was almost to swallow too much for the house Republicans to, as you stared into the abyss of a holiday government shutdown.

“That was one of the most depressing conferences I have ever over,” moaned a senior house Republican.

That alone is an absolutely stunning comment, in view of the fact that the Republicans are just the tax.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., took the pulse of the members during a series of votes on the floor of the night on Thursday, government support to weigh the scenarios. When asked how the vote tally went Scalise, the numbers said they were still “tabulating” by a lot of enthusiasm.”” But there was no one quite sure how the Republicans could be excited plan be on the state funding.

Members of the freedom Caucus detested the idea of re-upping FISA, only to the government, the light is on.

“We want to change that FISA want to,” said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., a liberty Caucus member. “We don’t want it on the CR (continuing resolution, the short form for the spending bill).”

Ryan tax reform Thursday trained remained in the morning. The speaker and the Senate President Pro Tempore (most senior member of the body of the majority of the party) Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, under the tax-signed debt in a splashy ceremony on the Capitol before shipping the package from President Trump for his signature.

Your really trying to ask Ryan at the end of the celebration, if there are problems with the CR. But the Wisconsin Republican, will have none of it.

“Oh, Chad, let’s just enjoy the moment,” said Ryan before walking out of the Rayburn room off the House floor.

In the end, the house and the Senate to avoid agreed to shut down.

“I’m not quite sure how we managed after the conference, in the night of Thursday,” admitted a senior Republican source. “I don’t think we [have the votes]. This was a tough week.”

But much remains undone.

The house and the Senate couldn’t even 81 billion disaster aid package for areas affected by hurricanes and forest fires get in sync $ The house approved the effort. But the Senate wants to change the measure in January. The legislature must figure out a long-term solution for the FISA. Full funding for the military is not fixed, to say nothing of the rest of the government. A permanent solution for DACA remains unclear.

Senate majority whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, complained that the legislature would, with the same crises in the year 2018.

“I think we should better get our batteries recharged. It’s like Groundhog Day. Always and always and always again,” said Cornyn. “It’s crazy.”

Things to come, maybe even tougher in 2018. On Jan. 3 the Senate will swear in its newest members. Sen.-designate, Tina Smith, D-Minn., Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn succeed., whoever emerges, in the midst of an avalanche of sexual harassment allegations. Sen.-elect, Doug Jones, D-Ala., ready for the seat of Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., after last week’s special election.

In 2017, the Republicans 52-48 edge enjoyed in the Senate.

Adjacent to 51-49, with the arrival of Jones in January.

Capitol attitude is a weekly column by members of the Fox News Capitol Hill team. Your article, you take in the halls of Congress, and they cover the spectrum of political topics, presented, discussed and voted on.

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