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Houses Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Senate Vote Upcoming

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution on spending. The vote was 230-197, with only a few Democrats and Republicans crossing party lines. The continuing resolution amends a prior resolution to keep the government open after a January 19th deadline. The Senate will vote on the continuing resolution at 11:00 AM on Friday, before the deadline.

Despite insisting that the Democratic Party does not want a shutdown, many Democrats have demanded that the continuing resolution reverse recent decisions by President Trump, including his decision on DACA. In addition, Senate Democrats seem determined to block the continuing resolution, taking advantage of the Senate’s higher threshold for passing legislation. This opposition comes despite the looming government shutdown and the bill’s renewal of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ranging from $21.5 million to $25.9 million a year from 2018 to 2022.

NBC has also reported that a Democratic aide admits that Democrats plan to shut down the government, although it’s unlikely that they will be blamed by most of the media.

Barring any procedural maneuvers by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the unlikely passage of the bill may depend on the ability of Senate Republicans to win over Senate Democrats up for election this year in states won by Trump. Senators Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Rounds have all stated their opposition to the continuing resolution, although McConnell would still need some Senate Democrats to pass the continuing resolution even with their support.

 

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