December 8, 2017
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.
“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.
“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.