Congress handed a short-term spending invoice Thursday night time, averting a authorities shutdown however suspending discussions over partisan points akin to immigration, well being care and nationwide safety.
The Senate handed the invoice with a decisive 66-32 margin, sending the invoice to Trump’s desk properly forward of the Friday midnight deadline. The Home handed the identical invoice earlier within the day on a close to party-line vote of 231-188.
The invoice, which retains money flowing to the Pentagon and different home businesses via Jan. 19, pushes heated discussions over extra contentious points into subsequent yr, giving Democrats better sway.
It additionally gives short-term extensions to the highly-politicized Youngsters’s Well being Insurance coverage Program, a $2.1 billion repair for an expiring Veterans Affairs program, and a short-term extension for an abroad wiretapping program concentrating on terrorists.
The Home handed $81 billion in catastrophe assist for areas ravaged by hurricanes and wildfires, however the Senate didn’t take up the difficulty over Democratic objections that the bundle wasn’t complete.
Earlier within the day, President Trump accused Democrats of deliberately steering the federal government towards a shutdown — saying they’re retaliating after Republicans handed their tax invoice.
“Home Democrats need a SHUTDOWN for the vacations as a way to distract from the very talked-about, simply handed, Tax Cuts. Home Republicans, don’t let this occur,” Trump tweeted.
The President mentioned lawmakers ought to cross a stopgap spending invoice “TODAY and preserve our Authorities OPEN!”
Democratic leaders aren’t offering votes to cross the measure, saying Republicans are ignoring guarantees to guard so-called Dreamer immigrants dropped at the nation illegally as kids. That challenge can be postpone till January.
Final month, Trump was singing a distinct tune, reportedly telling associates authorities shutdown can be a very good factor for him politically.
And earlier this yr, a pissed off Trump tweeted that the nation would profit from a shutdown.
“Our nation wants a very good ‘shutdown’ in September to repair mess!”