House passes bill to avert government shutdown, setting up pre-Christmas showdown

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The bill was then taken up by the Senate less than an hour later and passed handily, with many Democrats supporting the bill.

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus initially balked at the measure because it only ran through December 22, leaving thorny decisions to the pre-Christmas rush. "We hope Democrats play by the "Schumer Rule" and not hold a bill hostage by playing partisan politics".

The House passed the bill 235-193, with 18 Republicans voting no and 14 Democrats voting yes, and the Senate passed the bill soon after 81-14, with six Republicans, seven Democrats and one independent who caucuses with the Democrats (Bernie Sanders of Vermont) voting no.

The two-week bill is aimed at giving negotiators more time to settle differences.

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The defense bill would likely be paired with disaster relief funding and the Children Health Insurance Program fund to incentivize both parties to support the legislation.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus is pushing Ryan to try to force Democrats to accept higher military funding without any increase in domestic funding.

For its part, the White House has indicated Trump will sign the two-week spending extension and laid out its goals for upcoming budget bargaining.

Pelosi also told reporters Thursday that lawmakers "will not leave here" without a deal to help immigrants who came to the USA illegally as children and are enrolled in the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump ended three months ago. Republicans and Democrats are now negotiating over the spending numbers for defense and nondefense for an even larger appropriations agreement. Trump himself cast doubt Wednesday, telling reporters that Democrats "want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime".

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Congress passed a bill to extend government funding for two weeks, extending the fight over a government shutdown. "Nothing specific has been agreed to, but discussions continue", said Capitol Hill's top Democrats, Sen.

Democrats boycotted a similar gathering last week after Trump tweeted that he didn't see a deal as being possible.

In back-to-back statements, both sides declared the meeting "productive".

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