Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert a federal government shutdown

Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert a federal government shutdown

A key House Republican leader acknowledges that some tax cuts in the sweeping tax legislation must expire to comply with Senate budget rules. In a further signal of problems, the House Rules Committee announced it had postponed a planned meeting from Tuesday until Wednesday to work out debating rules for the budget measure.

On Thursday, leaders from both parties will meet with President Trump at the White House. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi staked out a hard line on Thursday and insisted that any year-end deal would include help for immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.

Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker said GOP lawmakers agreed to go along with a two-week bill after Ryan promised to push Democrats to pass the defense spending bill separately and to keep immigration and payments to Obamacare insurers out of the next stopgap.

Jordan and a handful of his fellow Freedom Caucus colleagues gave Republican leadership a scare Monday night when they threatened to vote against sending tax reform legislation to a conference committee. But lawmakers and President Donald Trump still have longer-range disputes to settle over spending, immigration and other issues before they can declare budget peace.

Indeed, without the Freedom Caucus votes, Ryan warned that he would need to bring Democrats into the talks to keep the government funded past Friday.

The two week extension would give Democrats and Republicans time to negotiate spending issues.

Spokesmen for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan say the Republicans focused on the need to reach a long-term funding agreement that provides adequate resources for the military.

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"We expect a clean [continuing resolution] to pass with Democratic support", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday.

In the next round of spending talks, Democrats are hoping to negotiate legal protections for the almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the children and had been shielded from deportation under an Obama-era executive order.

We'll see what happens.

Freedom Caucus members pushed for a December 30 end date instead but ultimately settled for December 22 with a commitment from GOP leaders to push for increased funding for defense programs through 2018 on the next spending bill.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly three dozen of the House's most conservative Republicans, initially withheld their votes on the motion, drawing a large huddle on the House floor. Though Democrats haven't formally said they will back the legislation, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAmerica isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Schumer celebrates New York Giants firing head coach: "About time" GOP should reject the left's pessimism and the deficit trigger MORE (D-N.Y.) noted on Thursday morning that they are making good progress on budget deal talks. CHIP, which has nearly always been a bipartisan priority, expired over two months ago, but Congressional Republicans continued to play games with this vital program that helps the most vulnerable children in our society ... Her stance was noteworthy because GOP leaders are likely to require Democratic votes for the pre-Christmas spending bill.

Many on both sides have decided a headline-grabbing federal closure would be a political blunder, at least for now. "So they're not showing up for the meeting", Trump told reporters last week. There are also demands for money for battling opioid abuse.

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