Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Dec. 9 Shutdown

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Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Dec. 9 Shutdown

The Democratic surrender was exposed in the Democratic leaders' explanation for why they want their members to vote against the GOP short-term budget extension, dubbed the "CR" for "Continuing Resolution".

President Donald Trump's meeting with congressional leaders has relocated from the Oval Office to the White House Situation Room for a briefing on military readiness. Those are the roughly 700,000 immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the U.S.as children.

Hardline conservative House Republicans want to break out funding for the military from an overall funding bill so they can increase defense spending, and to get what they want they are willing to support a two-week budget extension that would avoid a government shutdown.

Meadows said they'll help it pass to avoid distractions from the GOP drive to push their treasured $1.5 trillion tax bill through Congress this month.

Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi skipped a meeting with him last week after Trump tweeted that he doubted he could reach any deal with them.

With conservatives insisting on commitments to curb spending, a House vote on the temporary measure planned for Wednesday will instead occur Thursday, said a GOP leadership aide.

Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, the former chair of both the Republican Study Committee and the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, told USA TODAY he was supportive of a separate defense department funding bill.

Though Democrats haven't formally said they will back the legislation, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAmerica isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Schumer celebrates New York Giants firing head coach: "About time" GOP should reject the left's pessimism and the deficit trigger MORE (D-N.Y.) noted on Thursday morning that they are making good progress on budget deal talks.

The spending patch through December 22 gives lawmakers time to negotiate a bipartisan budget deal.

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"This is a waste of time", Pelosi said.

Democrats are seeking permanent legal status for so-called DREAMers as part of a long-term government funding deal. "I think it's just kind of just basic governing, is keeping government going while we negotiate the final details".

The delay underscored the clout that conservatives wield within the House GOP as the party aims to push legislation through the House and Senate this week to keep federal agencies functioning.

The House speaker outlined the bill's legislative process and critiqued the current tax code.

"Until we get those assurances, we are just kicking a can down the road", said Republican Representative Andy Biggs, a member of the Freedom Caucus.

"I want to avoid a headline that says President Trump's administration just passes the highest spending levels in US history", Meadows told two reporters. Trump ended those protections this fall and Democrats are demanding that they be renewed in the year-end rush of business. It's not been received well, especially since the House GOP has passed spending bills that have gone unnoticed by the Senate.

Many on both sides have decided a headline-grabbing federal closure would be a political blunder, at least for now.

The two-week spending measure is aimed at giving both parties' bargainers more time to reach longer-term budget decisions.

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