Dec 7, 2017, 2:12 PM ET

House to vote on government funding bill to avert federal shutdown

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The House is preparing to vote on a short-term funding measure to keep the government funded until Dec. 22, as congressional leaders prepare to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House to continue budget negotiations.

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With the government set to run out of money on midnight Friday, GOP leaders are moving forward with a short-term fix to give negotiations another two weeks to ink a larger long-term spending deal between Democrats, Republicans and the White House.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that Democrats would not vote for the two-week continuing resolution to fund the government. GOP leaders have historically needed bipartisan support to pass spending bills through the House.

Pelosi said Democrats will oppose today’s expected vote because the legislation lacks funding to address opioid addiction, pensions, community health centers, veteran funding, children’s health insurance funding, the Dream Act and emergency disaster relief.

“This is a waste of time,” she said. “There could be some good things that could be advanced and because it doesn't have things in it, doesn't mean that makes it OK.”

Without Democrats, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is counting on his rank-and-file -- including the House Freedom Caucus -- to help keep government’s doors open. Some hardline conservatives signaled concerns about a Dec. 22 deadline but are expected to back the first continuing resolution to avert a shutdown.

In an interview earlier this week, Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., a member of the House Appropriations Committee, expressed frustration with the situation, saying it felt like “Groundhog Day,” given Congress’ repeated reliance on continuing resolutions to temporarily fund the government at current levels.

Ryan says he “feels good” about the GOP’s chances avert a government shutdown, but wiggled out of a guarantee as he punted to Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who is tasked with counting votes.

“I feel good where we are,” Ryan said Thursday of the government funding vote. “I think it's just kind of just basic governing, is keeping government going while we negotiate the final details.”

Ryan said he hoped the White House meeting would reignite bipartisan negotiations on lifting defense and non-defense spending caps but cautioned “it’s going to take time.”

Pelosi said she will push Republicans for “parity” in any changes to the caps but does not believe the meeting will be “confrontational.”

In the Senate, any funding measure will have to clear a 60-vote threshold, meaning that GOP leaders will need at least some Democratic votes to avert a shutdown -- which would be the first under unified Republican control of the government.

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  • rightened

    Donald Trump wants money available for his Wall project. You remember, the one he touted last year as one that Mexico would fund, from beginning to end--even though at NO point did Mexico agree to this, much less make financial arrangements? Well, it's at the beginning of construction. Where's the money, Donnie?

  • RogerG

    We have to remember that the priority here is to cut all domestic spending, including that welfare program for the elderly called Social Security/Medicare. Otherwise they won't be able to give a couple trillion dollar Xmas gift to the rich and the bribes, er, I mean campaign contributions won't flow in next year. Also, they don't really want to negotiate border security in exchange for a path to citizenship. They just want to conduct a mass deportation/ethnic cleansing and deport 15 million people. Illegal immigrants or US citizens, it doesn't matter to Trump.

  • Former Earthling

    The only thing we need shut down is this White House.

  • Darrin Gaets

    every year it seems they have a LAST SECOND shutdown crisis...what do they do? ADD MORE DEBT to thed National Debt because our children can deal with it....these politicians on BOTH sides will be DEAD and they wont have to deal with it.

    Just print more money...dont be responsible....just add another TRILLION in debt by OLD people on BOTH sides.
    OHHHH....VOTE yourselves RAISES as well

  • KCBforme

    No big surprise on shutdown. The whole country is being held hostage by the Repubs and Trump. They have even put sneaky provisions in the tax pill they are trying to make us swallow. Drilling in 1.5 million acres of the Arctic, Personhood for anti abortion advocates, undoing the Johnson Bill to let people funnel political donations through their churches, and the Obamacare action. Deplorables ALL!!

  • BD70

    Well, well, well....last time the government shutdown the republicans did it. Ted Cruz ring a bell? Now the power is on the other side of the aisle and they are scrambling to avoid a shutdown? Republicans will be to blame again.

  • David_S

    Shutting down the government is always a bad idea....unless the other party is in control.

  • NJ_River_Rat

    So, Pelosi is upset about signing on to a two-week temporary funding bill while the real bill is worked out because that temporary funding bill doesn’t pay for all of her pet projects?

    It’s a two-week funding bill!!!

    Grandstanding? Obstructionism?

    Pot meet kettle.

  • Alex Ross

    Shutting the government down - just what Russia wanted. SAD.