WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a temporary spending bill into law on Friday to avert a government shutdown after the Republican-led Congress did the bare minimum in a sprint toward the holidays and punted disputes on immigration, health care and the budget to next year.

The measure had passed the House on Thursday on a 231-188 vote over the Democratic opposition and then cleared the Senate, 66-32, with Democrats from Republican-leaning states providing many of the key votes.

The stopgap legislation will keep the government from closing down at midnight Friday. It traversed a tortured path, encountering resistance from the GOP’s most ardent allies of the military, as well as opposition from Democrats who demanded but were denied a vote on giving immigrants brought to the country as children and in the country illegally an opportunity to become citizens.

The wrap-up measure allows Republicans controlling Washington to savor their win on this week’s $1.5 trillion tax package — even as they kick a full lineup of leftover work into the new year. Congress will return in January facing enormous challenges on immigration, the federal budget, health care and national security along with legislation to increase the government’s authority to borrow money.

Each of those items is sure to test the unity that Republicans are enjoying for the moment.

“Now it gets down to some very difficult decisions on how we move forward in the first and second quarter of next year,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of a powerful faction of hard-right Republicans. “There is a lot to do next month. I’m not worried today. I’ll wait until January to be worried, OK?”

Democrats had initially pressed for adding their priorities to the measure, but once rebuffed on immigration they worked to keep the bill mostly free of add-ons, figuring that they’ll hold greater leverage next month.

Among the items left behind was $81 billion worth of disaster aid, which passed the House on a bipartisan 251-169 tally but stalled in the Senate. The measure would have brought this year’s tally for aid to hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean, as well as fire-ravaged California, to more than $130 billion. But both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate want changes, and it was among the items Democrats sought to hold onto for leverage next year.

“Democrats want to make sure that we have equal bargaining, and we’re not going to allow things like disaster relief go forward without discussing some of the other issues we care about,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Immigration is among the most difficult issues confronting lawmakers in January, thrust upon them in September after Trump rescinded an order by then-President Barack Obama giving these so-called Dreamers protection against deportation, though he gave Congress a March deadline to come up with a legislative solution.

“They embody the best in our nation: patriotism, hard work, perseverance,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California told the chamber’s Rules Committee on Thursday. “We should not leave them to celebrate the holidays in fear.”

Trump and Republicans are pushing for additional border security and other immigration steps in exchange.

“The vast majority of Republicans want to see a DACA solution. They just want to see a DACA solution that’s balanced,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., referring to the program’s name, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals also left unfinished were bipartisan efforts to smash budget limits that are imposing a freeze on the Pentagon and domestic agencies, a long-term extension of the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program for 9 million low-income kids and Senate legislation aimed at stabilizing health insurance markets.

“At some point we’ve got to make the hard decisions,” said Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.

Instead, lawmakers struggled to achieve the must-do: a $2.1 billion fix for an expiring program that pays for veterans to seek care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs system; a temporary fix to ensure states facing shortfalls from the Children’s Health Insurance Program won’t have to purge children from the program; and a short-term extension for an expiring overseas wiretapping program aimed at tracking terrorists.

Among Republicans, opposition to the temporary measure came mostly from the party’s defense hawks, who had hoped to enact record increases for the military this year and force the Senate to debate a full-year, $658 billion defense spending measure. But that idea was a nonstarter with Senate Democrats, who will only agree to Pentagon increases if domestic programs get a comparable hike.

The short-term spending bill does contain about $5 billion to upgrade missile defenses to respond to the threat from North Korea and to repair two destroyers damaged in accidents this year in the Pacific.

The legislation also has a provision to turn off automatic cuts to many “mandatory” spending programs, including Medicare, that would otherwise be triggered by the tax cut bill. Democrats had sought to highlight the looming spending cuts in arguing against the tax measure.

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19 thoughts on “Trump Signs Stopgap Spending Bill Into Law To Avert Shutdown

  1. Pt- they can give the fake prez credit but the facts are our side. Watching that person enter into a church today was like watching Satan entering the church. He’s anti ever damn thing but whitey. It’s sickening. That person is hated by so many. We have to stay woke. We have to vote in 2018!!

  2. Passing Through!! on said:

    Meanwhile the economy is the best it has been maybe ever! Too sweet you black racist!
    And trump also killed Bin Laden, saved the auto industry, & passed universal health care LOL! The steady economy is due to Obama, stupid MF, the economy was already thriving when chump toOK office, try again!!! Giving 45 credit for President Obama’s success….LOL! LOL! Bitch you can’t change history by lying about donald chimp’s success, he’s f**king losing Mueller got his foot all up in that ass, trump cabinet is tasting shoe polish from the FBI boots….LMAO!

    • one step at a time black devil! The black terrorist mugabe was forced to resign and now the new black devil in zimbabwe is giving land back to the white farmers! how sweet it is black devil!

    • wait till sharpton get to the pen! only a matter of time black devil! Hasnt paid taxes in how long blackstar! what about good ole black panther holder! Running guns? LOL too easy!

    • PT— those tax cuts are going to hurt mynue and all the other racist trolls who frequent this website. Their dumbasses won’t see it coming. Before u know it the extra $10/ wk will turn into hundreds of dollars a month back to the govt very shortly.

      • The fake prez was bragging to his fake rich friends how they’re going to be getting richer from those fake tax cuts, while the average American will see the crumbs their greedy asses left us. Punk as MF. I hope trumps friend Stephen Bannon is right. The narcissists in Chief won’t last throughout his term.

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        @ D
        But that speaks to how stupid racist are, they will vote against their own interests just to put an unqualified white fool in charge. Look at the deep south states with the highest rates of white poverty vote RebuliKKKan who obviously by this tax bill don’t give 2 s**ts about them, but it’s better than having a black president right? AND this fool trying to give trump credit for President Obama’s success & savings the economy.

  3. Nigeria, the most populous black nation on Earth, is on the brink of collapse. The machineries that make a nation exist, let alone succeed, have all eroded. One might argue that the nation’s creation by self-seeking white imperialists engendered its failure from the beginning, as I did in my recent novel. But this is only a part of the cause. A culture of incompetence, endemic corruption, dignified ineptitude, and, chief among all, destructive selfishness and greed has played a major role in its unravelling. The same, sadly, can be said for most other African nations. States like Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea are farcical democracies ruled by men who exclusively cater to their interests and those of their clipped circles.

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      Just like trump cabinet on the verge of collapse, the worse f**king president in history also the whitest less diverse & the dumbest because when you put a bunch white greedy,criminal savages together you self destruct this is why trump is FAILING, Obama has destroyed trump’s presidency by exposing the Russian scandal.

      …Puts a smile on my face & some cheer in my stocking.

      • from day one the anti-white and blacks have hated on trump! Meanwhile the economy is the best it has been maybe ever! Too sweet you black racist!

  4. Passing Through!! on said:

    We aren’t going anywhere because trump will be IMPEACHED by the end of 2018..can’t wait…LOL!!! And Jared Kushner & lil trump jr are going to prison.

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        LOL!!! LOL!!! Carter page, Jeff Sessions, & lil Mike Flynn jr will also be joining fellow trump cabinet racist in prison…Oh, in addition to Aids you forgot to mention that we live in mud huts & swing from trees, you ass stupid trumpanzee!

  5. black pos! If you hate trump so much then why don’t you leave the country you racist pigs ! just like black devil sharpton who said he would leave the country if trump won! What happened to that pos?

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