Government Shutdown Looms if Lawmakers Can't Agree on Spending Bill

21 January, 2018, 01:43 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • US Capitol is seen shortly after beginning of the Government shutdown in Washington US

If it fails, funding to run the government will run out at midnight tonight.

The House of Representatives have passed its version of a spending bill late Thursday largely on party lines, foretelling a daunting task for the Republicans in the Senate, who need to win at least nine supporting votes from across the aisle to push the bill through.

A vote could come today.

But a mix of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate who oppose the House bill for varying reasons left the measure in a precarious spot. "So important for our country-our Military needs it!"

The motion failed with 418 no votes, 1 yes vote-cast by eccentric Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie-and one "present" vote, which was cast by Pennsylvania Democrat Dwight Evans.

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Now that the House has passed the CR by a vote of 230 to 197, the Senate takes up the task of delivering the measure to President Donald Trump.

"They're going to whip it and help us get to 218", House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Raul Labrador said of leadership's commitments to bring his immigration bill, co-sponsored with House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte, up for a vote.

It's not clear what they discussed, but their conversation likely centered around a GOP-backed bill that would fund the government temporarily.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said from the floor, "I wish for all of our sakes that the Democratic leader can figure out what he actually wants". "We have a big immigration problem, see what's happening!"

But the Democrats are demanding concessions on immigration to protect the so-called Dreamers, the young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.

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According to ABC News, the package would fund the government through mid-February, and also includes a measure to renew funds for a program, known as CHIP, providing low-income children with health insurance for six years.

Graham says that he wants more military spending and an immigration deal to be finalized, Paul has expressed condemnation over the federal debt and Flake explained Thursday he was not "inclined" to give the budget a pass. The White House later backtracked and said the president supported the spending bill.

Additionally, most of these shutdowns did not affect federal employees.

Democrats derided their Republican counterparts when they shut down the government during the Obama administration in 2013.

In the event of a shutdown, the Interior Department plans to keep national parks and other public lands accessible.

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In 2013, the government shut down after Republicans insisted any government funding bill include provisions defunding Obamacare. Schumer has reportedly headed to the White House, it is unclear if the decision to cancel the Florida trip was made as a result of the talk.

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