Congress Avoids Shutdown…For Now
Crisis averted, for now.
Congress has approved a short-term measure to keep the government funded for another week. This will allow lawmakers more time to reach a deal on a larger spending package. The measure now heads to the president’s desk for his signature.
The measure comes as members of the House prepare to leave Washington without a vote on the new GOP health care bill.
The spending bill capped off a frenzied week on that have highlighted the trouble Republicans are currently having. The body is struggling to fulfilling the most basic functions of governance and implementing their ambitious agenda. While some might attribute this to push-back from Democrats, most of it is within their own party.
Efforts are being made to finalize a $1 trillion-plus spending deal. Negotiations continue over natural disaster response funding and funds to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis.
While the measure is expected to contain funds for border security technology, it will not contain funding for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. While President Trump had initially demanded Congress include funding in the bill, it became clear it was not possible.
A game of threats.
Democrats have threatened a shutdown due to a number of issues but most analysts agree that doing so will cause more harm than good to the party. This however has not stopped some members from voicing them.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is one such lawmaker. However, even Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed the threats stating that Democrats would be faced with shouldering as much blame as the GOP.
This saga is far from over.