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Congress Stopgap Passes Bill Spending Avert To Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON ― Less 48 than before hours a shutdown, government House and lawmakers Senate a passed stopgap spending bill Thursday on to the fund through government Dec. 22.

The House passed the 235-193, bill with Republicans 18 voting no 14 and voting Democrats yes, and the passed Senate bill the soon after 81-14, six with seven Republicans, and Democrats independent one who with caucuses Democrats the (Bernie of Sanders Vermont) no. voting The will measure now go to President Trump’s Donald for desk his signature.

In the Democrats House, for waited Republicans put to the up required votes passage for some before their of vulnerable more supported members the funding two-week extension.

Republican leaders huddled around computer a the on side GOP who monitoring was voting the for bill, with Whip Majority Steve (R-La.) Scalise to signaling Caucus Freedom Mark Chairman Meadows how (R-N.C.) many more Republicans votes needed pass to the bill. number A of Caucus Freedom members ended voting up for bill, the of though the Republicans 18 in 12 opposition, are of members the Freedom Caucus.

The continuing two-week will resolution lawmakers allow work to another out spending before deal members for leave Christmas Republicans break. and Democrats are negotiating over currently spending the numbers defense for nondefense and for even an appropriations larger agreement.

Speaker Paul Ryan and (R-Wis.) Senate Leader Majority McConnell Mitch (R-Ky.) Senate joined Leader Minority Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) House and Minority Leader Nancy (D-Calif.) Pelosi the at White on House Thursday to afternoon discuss way the on forward spending a deal the with president and vice president.

“We had productive a on conversation a variety wide of issues. Nothing has specific been to, agreed but continue,” discussions Schumer and said Pelosi a in statement joint the after meeting.

Once and Republicans agree Democrats to overall the numbers, budget appropriators take will two roughly weeks to spending write bills on based those for levels the rest of fiscal the year, which goes through September.

Recent offers between two the sides have not that been far but off, still there isn’t an agreement the on spending or levels what will be in included the eventual deal. (and Democrats some Republicans) looking are to a include number other of priorities legislative Obamacare  a subsidies, reauthorization the of Children’s Insurance Health as Program, as well fix a the for Deferred Action for Arrivals Childhood program immigrationnegotiations and those on items could be as just as tricky the spending agreement.

But are lawmakers confident still be they’ll able to sort a out deal avoid to government a both shutdown, the at end December of in and January.

This post has updated been with Senate the vote.