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Shutdown Averted? White House Signals It Might Accept Short-Term Spending Bill

Funding for several major departments runs out Friday at midnight. Despite saying last week that he would be “proud” to shut the government down, Trump may accept a deal.

By NTK Staff | 12.19.2018 @11:00am
Shutdown Averted? White House Signals It Might Accept Short-Term Spending Bill

The White House may accept a short-term spending bill that would fund the government through early February, according to the Washington Post.

The deal would help avert a shutdown at midnight Friday, at which point several major federal programs would run out of money. It also abandons Trump’s demand for $5 billion for border wall funding.

President Trump issued several tweets Wednesday morning addressing the border wall and reasserting his claim that Mexico will pay for it, albeit indirectly:

The Senate Appropriations Committee began drafting a short-term continuing resolution Tuesday night. By Wednesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office announced they would introduce legislation to extend federal funding through February 8.

The chairman of that committee, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), emerged from a meeting with McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) earlier on Tuesday. He told at least one reporter that “moving a package of judges could be part of year-end spending deal,” but stressed that no terms were set in stone yet.

During a contentious meeting last week with Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Trump boasted that he would be “proud” to shut the government down over the border wall. With the funding deadline fast approaching and the Christmas holiday to immediately follow, it appears that is no longer the White House’s plan.

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