Dec 7, 2017, 6:48 PM ET

Congress passes 2-week stopgap to avoid government shutdown


With one day to spare before a looming government shutdown, Congress passed a short-term funding measure Thursday, sending the bill to President Donald Trump's desk and providing legislators with two additional weeks to negotiate a longer-term solution.

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The Senate passed the funding bill 81-14 Thursday afternoon, shortly after it advanced through the House of Representatives by 235-192 margin.

Earlier in the day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that Democrats in her chamber would not vote for the measure because it lacked funding to address the opioid epidemic, the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Dream Act, emergency disaster relief and other items on the party's agenda.

“This is a waste of time,” Pelosi 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."

Republicans, who hold a 240-193 advantage in the House, were nevertheless able to pass the bill, with 14 Democrats joining the majority to vote "yea." Eighteen House Republicans opposed the funding measure.

Congressional leadership met with Trump at the White House Thursday afternoon to further discuss a long-term spending deal. After the summit, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that they had a "productive conversation" but that "nothing specific has been agreed to" and that "discussions continue."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders added that the meeting was "constructive" and that Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., "stressed that negotiations on immigration should be held separately on a different track, and not as part of the government funding bill."

Funding under the bill passed Thursday expires on Dec. 22.

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  • NobodysaysBOO

    2 stinking weeks?
    USA QUITS again just do 15% then QUIT it has become the AMERICAN WAY!
    Like playing CHESS with a PIGEON he refuses to make any logical move, craps on the board, turns the table over, then STRUTS AROUND claiming he won the game.
    we quit the MOON , we QUIT the RAIL service, we QUIT the WAR ON POVERTY!!!
    NO WALL?
    THEY HAVE QUIT on the US CITIZENS time to force them OUT AGAIN !!!

  • Foxfree

    Guess I will stop using abc news. They did not approve my post without an explanation. It was pro dems but contained no profanity. Guess they only want their views expressed. They are now on same list as fox and cbs.

  • Jack25

    Two whole weeks! What a great job GOP.

  • Dr. Gurnicus Blanstonius

    So if Republicans literally threatened to, and closed down the government to get the ACA repealed...why aren't they doing it again with a Republican president?

  • ohyes2011

    This Republican Congress is the most unproductive I've ever seen.

  • pksk531

    Two weeks. They should have been working on the budget for the last several months instead of the disastrous healthcare repeal and horrible tax "reform". They have the most skewed priorities I have ever seen - and that includes the 111th, 112th and 113th Congresses. At least they did nothing. This Congress is destroying the country by giving everything to a madman!

  • TexasVulcan

    I really would like to see Congress locked in their chambers (we can send in pizza) until they come up with real, complete budget. Enough already.

  • rightened

    Funny how this rolling-the-rock-down-the-road method was harshly criticized in Obama's administration, but Trump has no problem doing the same thing. Remember how he was crowing last year about reducing the deficit, and how "you don't leave the White House until the job is done"? Well, surprise, Donnie. It's not that easy, is it?

  • H Ruth

    The Democrats were stupid to agree to a 2 week extension because it puts the power back into the Republican's hands with Christmas 3 days away from the end of this extension & the Republican's will use a potential shutdown at Christmas against the Dem's.

  • kritikosman

    Kickin' the can.

  • Chris Peters

    But we do this every year...its a like a christmas ritual. Maybe they should light a few trees every time they give up and borrow more.

  • Krimson

    You nauseate me, Mr. Trump
    With a nauseous super-naus
    You're a crooked jerky jockey
    and you drive a crooked hoss
    Mr. Trump!

    Your soul is an appalling dump-heap,
    overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of
    rubbish imaginable, mangled up in tangled up knots!

  • Know 'Em

    "And this is the greatest, most wonderful deal ever, since the history of mankind in the universe was started, and it should be done in a couple of weeks." Lady Trump, reality TV diva

  • mik8888

    They seem to do this every year, can't agree to a full funding measure so go for the temporary seldom works out, as the same problems are gonna still be there in two weeks...

    Talk about government waste...right now Congressional Salaries are the waste...

  • GorillaMyDreams

    Two whole weeks?!? Wow, I'm impressed!