The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to temporarily fund the government, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after US President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a border wall with Mexico.
Eddie Scarry wrote an editorial for the Washington Examiner that blasted Trump for allowing his much-vaunted wall to be reduced to "steel slats". Congress faces a Friday deadline when funding for part of the federal government expires.
U.S. senators passed the measure, which would keep the government running until February 8, by voice vote without a roll call.
Ryan, standing next to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said the leaders are "going to go back to the House and work with our members" on a solution that includes border security funding. Facing enormous criticism from high-profile conservative media figures, they don't want to leave town without one last fight over the border wall.
Trump supporters sought to remind him of that as they pushed him to veto the short-term plan.
Speaker Paul Ryan, who is in his final weeks in office, dutifully relayed the situation to reporters in the White House's driveway and went back to the Capitol for what seemed like an unavoidable defeat.
Collins was already headed to the airport to return home to ME and wait for the drama to play out, when word came, via House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had met with Trump, that a government shutdown now seemed more likely. Maybe. But the House Freedom Caucus is still demanding immediate border wall funding, no matter how they get it. HFC Chairman Mark Meadows was releasing this statement just as the Senate was voting on the stopgap bill. "The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came up from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security".
Republican and Democratic leaders earlier on Wednesday gave strong signals that the stopgap, known as a continuing resolution, would pass Congress and head to the president's desk.
US Senate approves bill to avert government shutdown
After obstruction by the Democrats, Trump suggested again that he may consider using the USA military to build the wall along the southern border. I've made my position very clear - any measure that funds the government must include border security - has to.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer labeled that a "slush fund" that would lack the votes to pass Congress.
Schumer said Wednesday that Democrats prefer to find a way to fund all government agencies through September 30, but will support a plan by Senate Republicans for a stopgap measure to continue funding the government until February 8.
Brian Kolfage, the Iraq War veteran behind the fundraiser, said raising the money was achievable if everyone who voted for Mr Trump pledged $80.
Republican leaders introduced legislation late Thursday afternoon that included $5 billion in border-wall funding and $8 billion in disaster aid. "We're all putting that in the calculator", he said.
In the Senate, the threshold of 60 votes appears impossible, given Democrats' unified objection to a border wall that could end up costing $70 billion to build and $150 million annually to maintain, according to Democrats' estimates.
The White House has not provided details of that effort but leading Democrats have warned that shifting funds around in such a way would have to be approved by Congress.
Schumer made clear that funding across agencies could not be made available to build the wall in its entirety, but the White House maintains it's looking at every avenue.
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