House, Senate Pass Stopgap Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

House, Senate Pass Stopgap Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

Meanwhile, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of hard-line conservatives who have bucked GOP leaders on past government spending bills, warned that any bipartisan deal on spending risked a Republican revolt later this month.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that Democrats would not vote for the two-week continuing resolution to fund the government.

Expected to join the White House meeting Thursday, according to congressional aides, are Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.

The 235-193 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where leaders plan to act fast to put the bill on President Trump's desk and avoid a shutdown on Saturday.

Republican Representative Paul Gosar, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said before the vote that he fears the December 22 deadline will force Republicans into too many concessions to Democrats on spending and policy.

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The Democrats already have their demands ready to go for the next round of negotiations.

Mr. Trump has rescinded the so-called DACA deportation amnesty that was ordered by former President Barack Obama, leaving Congress until March to act, but some Democrats want to deal with it now. "His party controls the Senate, the House and the presidency. We Democrats are not interested in one".

Recent offers between the two sides have not been that far off, but there still isn't an agreement on the spending levels or what will be included in the eventual deal. A key issue has been whether the $549 billion defense spending cap would be raised by a larger amount than the $516 billion non-defense cap.

While the bill keeps the government running for now, it would set up a pre-Christmas showdown later this month. They hope they can force Democrats to agree to higher defense funding without raising spending in other areas. Rep. Mark Meadows, the chair of the Freedom Caucus, ended up voting for the bill along with numerous members. The bill prevents a shut-down that would be triggered if Congress fails to pass a spending bill before a deadline of midnight Friday. Ryan declined to comment when asked by reporters about the GOP negotiating position.

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