Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Temporarily Funds the Gov’t Until December 22

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December 8, 2017
OAN Newsroom

The government will remain open after a short-term spending bill was pushed through Congress.

A short-term spending bill was passed through the House with an overwhelming majority on Thursday, and moved on to the Senate where Democrat votes were needed to reach the 60 vote threshold.

Despite initial skepticism, the joint resolution passed with a 81 to 14 vote.

The Senate measure passed after Republicans agreed to temporarily fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program demanded by Democrats.

Sarah Cameron holds up a photo of her two sons, 8-year-old Trevor, and 5-year-old Austin as she talks about the Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHIP, during a news conference, Dec. 7, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The gathering marked the 25th anniversary of the Pennsylvania program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

“Funding government is not a game,” said Representative Mark Meadows. “There was nothing in the bill that we just passed that both sides could not say that it was a bipartisan bill.”

The bill funds the government through December 22, meaning the two chambers will have to do it all over again.

Meanwhile, President Trump met with congressional leaders from both parties to negotiate a long-term spending deal.

President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with congressional leaders including Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“We’re all here as a very friendly well unified group,” said the president. “It’s a well knit together group of people… And we hope we’re going to make some great progress for our country.”

Republicans have asked for increased defense spending, while Democrats argue for an equal amount to be spent on domestic programs.

The greatest demand from Democrats is obtaining legal status for DACA recipients, which is something Republicans have long said should not be tied a vital spending bill.

It’s unclear how willing Democrats are to shut down the government, and what concessions Republicans are willing to make so they can move past the budget solution and on to tax reform.