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Congressional Republicans try to avoid a potentially momentum-busting government shutdown; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.

The house and the Senate on Thursday approved a temporary spending bill, avoiding a government shutdown that would have kept legislators in the nation’s capital for Christmas.

The house approved the legislation, known as a continuing resolution, by a vote of the 231-188. The Senate followed only two hours later, passing the measure, 66-32. Senate Democrats from Republican-leaning States, many of the important votes.

The continuing resolution funds the government. Jan. 19. A two-week continuing resolution by the Congress this month, runs to 11:59 p.m., Friday.

The stopgap legislation means that a number of important issues facing Congress when it returns in January, especially the question of what to do about the immigrants came to the U.S. illegally as children and are enrolled arrivals in the Deferred action for Childhood (DACA) program. Trump ended the program in September, resulting in the Congress deliver a copy of the March deadline, the how to fix a legislature.


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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi vowed earlier this month that the legislature is “not here” to protect without an agreement, the so-called “dreamers” from deportation. On Thursday, the house rules Committee said that the young immigrants in the program “embody the best in our nation’: patriotism, hard work, perseverance.”

“We you should not leave to celebrate the holidays in fear,” Pelosi.

Trump and the Republicans are pushing for additional border security and other immigration enforcement steps in each IF-agreement.

“The vast majority of Republicans want to see a DACA solution,” the speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., reporters said. “You just want to see to a DACA solution balanced.”

The continuing resolution-the third stopgap bill since Oct. 1 — includes a $2.1 billion fix for a running program, which pays for veterans to seek care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs system; a temporary solution to ensure States faced deficits of the children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) do not have to clean, the children from the program, and a short-term extension for an expiry at the end of foreign wiretapping program is aimed at tracking terrorists.


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GOP lawmakers have insisted on keeping the laws, operations, and give negotiators more time for the completion of a spending blueprint.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N. J., Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said that the legislation was essential for the “stability of our economy, and the safety and welfare of the American people.”

Rep. Nita Lowey, D-NY, called the result “an epic failure of the ECB,” adding, “the Republican majority is a complete mess made in the basics of governance.”

To adopt among the Republicans against the provisional measure, which came mostly from the party’s defense hawks, who had hoped for increases for the military this year, and the power, measure the expenses of the Senate for debate and a full-year, to $658 billion in defense. But the idea is a nonstarter with the Senate and, in particular, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, is the only Pentagon to agree to increases, if the domestic programmes of a comparable hike.was

The short-term spending bill contains about $ 5 billion to upgrade missile defense to respond to the threat from North Korea and to repair two destroyers accidents damaged this year in the Pacific ocean.

The legislation is also a provision to switch off the automatic cuts to many “mandatory” spending programs, including Medicare, which is otherwise triggered by the tax-cut bill. Democrats had tried to mark you to control the impending spending cuts in the argument against a 1.5 trillion Dollar package, passed both houses of Congress without a single Democratic vote.

To deliver the house at a $81 billion measure that the reconstruction aid for hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean, as well as fire-ravaged States. But the Senate refused to take up the bill before leaving for his Christmas break.

“Democrats want to ensure that we are able to negotiate the same,” said Schumer, “and we will not allow things like disaster to go forward, without having to discuss some other issues to take care of.”

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

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