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Shutdown Averted With Temporary Spending Bill

Congress narrowly passed a temporary spending bill yesterday in order to avert a government shutdown, in what has become a common year-end occurrence to put off inevitable disputes until next year -- this year focusing on immigration, health care and the budget.

The measure passed the Republican-controlled House on a 231-188 vote over Democratic opposition and then cleared the Senate, 66-32, with Democrats from Republican-leaning states providing many of the key votes. President Donald Trump has signed off on the measure.

The stopgap legislation would keep the government from closing down at midnight Friday. It has traversed a difficult 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.

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.

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 at the beginning of 2018.



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