Congress recently passed a budget bill ahead of their Friday deadline, but the action has some mixed consequences.
The good news is that the continuing resolution for the federal budget avoids a government shutdown previously threatened by Democrats, extending budget deliberations.
Here’s the story, per Fox News:
The House and Senate approved stopgap legislation Thursday meant to avert a partial government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline.
The White House indicated Thursday that Trump will sign the spending extension and laid out its goals for the upcoming budget bargaining. It said money for the military including missile defense and security along the border with Mexico “must be prioritized in a long-term funding agreement.”
The bill received mixed support from both chambers.
According to the report, it passed the House of Representatives 235 votes to 193 with “18 Republicans voting against it and 14 Democrats voting for it.”
Although the Senate version passed by a much larger margin, 81 votes to 14, some Republicans voted against the bill.
The bad news is Congress’ new budget deadline is a mere three days before Christmas, not giving them much time to settle huge differences in budget priorities:
While the bill keeps the government running for now, it would set up a pre-Christmas showdown later this month. The legislation is aimed at giving negotiators more time to settle differences. The measure also makes money available to several states that are running out of funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a widely popular program that provides medical care to more than eight million children.
On Thursday afternoon, Trump and the so-called “Big Four” congressional leaders—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., met at the White House to discuss a strategy to avoid a government shutdown after the stopgap expires.
Pelosi had told reporters Thursday that lawmakers “will not leave here” without a deal to help immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children and are enrolled in the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump ended three months ago.