The House Passes Stopgap Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

The measure still needs to pass the Senate before today's deadline
January 19, 2018 Updated: January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives passed a funding bill late Thursday to keep the government open for another four weeks.

The Republican-controlled House approved funding on a mostly party-line vote of 230-197, with 11 Republicans opposing and six Democrats backing the bill.

The stopgap bill was sent to the Senate, where it will likely face stiff opposition from Democrats. The Senate needs 60 votes to pass the measure.

Congress has failed to reach an agreement on a broad budget for the last few months, and the government is currently running on its third stopgap measure. Lawmakers are struggling to reach a deal on immigration and spending levels.

Republicans want to boost military spending while providing a lower increase in non-defense accounts. Democrats, by contrast, demand parity between defense and nondefense discretionary spending. They request an increase in domestic programs that include spending for Homeland Security, anti-terrorism activities of the Justice Department, Veterans Affairs, and the State Department.

As a precondition for supporting a budget deal, Democrats are also pushing for a legislative solution for Dreamers, who had entered the United States illegally as children.

Meanwhile, Trump demands a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of any immigration deal.

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