Senate approves stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown, sends to house

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The Senate late Wednesday approved an interim expenditure would be financed, to keep account of several important departments of the Federal government, February, and prevent a partial shutdown.

The legislation, which means nine out of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, was passed by voice vote. It goes to the house.

It is not clear whether President Trump signed the bill, if approved by the house, as the measure provides no new funding for its long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. However, the White house signaled on Tuesday that Trump don’t want to drive yourself, a government shutdown over the issue, although the President said he would do “proud”, so only last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said, the Senate will remain in session on Thursday. “We need to see what the house does,” he said. It was unclear how many members of the house would return to Washington, the votes, after the Republicans the majority in the midterm elections lost. Around 70 members missed the Wednesday session, almost as many Democrats as Republicans.

The measure passed by the Senate a sum of $ 1.6 billion for border security and Fund other facilities at the current level until the end of February closed. 8, more than a month after the new Congress is sworn in.

In a statement, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N. C., leader of the conservative house freedom Caucus, said trump’s followers are “ready for the fight, in the name of all the freedom of Americans loving, to ensure that we have secure borders.

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Mr President, we are going to have you back,” said Meadows. “If we are to veto the law. But more importantly, the American people will be there. They will be there to support you. We build the wall and make sure that we our work in Congress.”

McConnell, though, described the short-term spending measure as a “simple” bill, which would show that the Republicans control the Congress now, is the end of the year, not for the extension of a possible crisis.

“The Republicans continue to be told our duty, to rule to fill,” he said.


The Senate had a forging work, the leader throughout the day Wednesday to consider an agreement, the measure, known as a continuing resolution, which sought on the ground of a cross-party group of MPs, to voice reauthorizing a popular program that supports the conservation and outdoor recreation projects. The Land and water Conservation Fund expired Sept. 30, and they tried to extend, but no agreement was reached, and continued speaking.

The bill received unanimous consent shortly after 10 a.m., after a group of Democratic senators passed the time singing Christmas carols in the chamber. A few moments later, retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., gaveled a procedural vote closed, suggesting, “Rudolph” and had voted present.

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The Congress before legislation to Fund the government – including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services – through the end of the Federal fiscal year. The continuing resolution is in place of the seven appropriations bills for the various agencies, including the departments of homeland security, transportation, interior, agriculture, state and justice, as well as national parks and forests.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the top Democrat in the Senate appropriations Committee, said Trump had “kept [the seven appropriations bills] hostage for $5 billion to try to wall off our southern border, a wall, in which he promised that the American taxpayers that Mexico pay up.”


“Why should we write a blank check for a President who has shown, time and time again that he is more interested in vilifying immigrants as the solution to our problems with immigration?” Leahy asked rhetorically. “… The fact is President of the wall above the voices to practice the by the house or the Senate, and he is not able to horse-trade with an indefensible, unpopular, wasteful policy for the other.”

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, on the way to one’s mother tongue, if the Democrats control Jan. 3, indicated support for the position of the financing.

The legislation should become law, is the limit of money the fight would draw in the next Congress, could be even harder for Trump

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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