WASHINGTON — The Home accredited on Thursday a two-week stopgap measure to keep away from a authorities shutdown this weekend, pushing till simply earlier than Christmas a broader attainable showdown over spending priorities, immigration and well being care.
The measure, which might fund the federal government by way of Dec. 22, nonetheless must be accredited by the Senate and signed by President Trump.
The Home vote got here as congressional leaders from each events met with Mr. Trump on the White Home to speak in regards to the thicket of points dealing with lawmakers as the top of the yr approaches. Within the coming days, Democrats plan to press to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants dropped at the nation as kids. And Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the bulk chief, has pledged to help passage of bipartisan laws to stabilize medical health insurance markets below the Reasonably priced Care Act.
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Democratic leaders pulled out of a deliberate White Home assembly final week after Mr. Trump fired off a Twitter put up attacking them and saying that he didn’t foresee a deal. However briefly remarks from the Oval Workplace earlier than Thursday’s assembly began, Mr. Trump and the Democratic leaders struck a hopeful tone.
“We’re right here within the spirit of ‘let’s get it accomplished,’” stated Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic chief.
Consultant Nancy Pelosi of California, the Home Democratic chief, stated she was keen to handle the problems of medical health insurance for youngsters, combating opioids and serving to veterans.
“All issues which have bipartisan help within the Congress,” Ms. Pelosi stated.
Authorities funding is about to run out on the finish of Friday, and the stopgap measure would offer extra time for negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on general spending ranges for the 2018 fiscal yr.
After a deal is reached, the 2 events can negotiate a long-term spending bundle.
“The fact is that we’re operating right into a deadline this week, and this decision is our greatest and solely choice presently,” stated Consultant Rodney Frelinghuysen, Republican of New Jersey and the chairman of the Home Appropriations Committee.
A authorities shutdown this weekend can be a possible catastrophe for Republicans as they race ahead with their sweeping tax overhaul, which they hope to finish by Christmas.
“This invoice kicks the can down the street for 2 weeks simply so Republicans can proceed specializing in the best tax rip-off in historical past,” stated Consultant Barbara Lee, Democrat of California.
Given the calendar and the period of time wanted to finalize a broad spending bundle, one other stopgap spending measure will likely be wanted simply earlier than Christmas.
Democrats made clear their unhappiness.
“I’d actually wish to know what you anticipate to perform within the subsequent two weeks after we haven’t been in a position to accomplish something within the final two months,” stated Consultant Nita M. Lowey of New York, the highest Democrat on the Home Appropriations Committee.