Senate and House approves bill to avert shutdown

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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.

The bill, also known as a continuing resolution, would keep federal agencies functioning for an additional two weeks through December 22, and Senate approval is expected to follow. "We hope Democrats play by the "Schumer Rule" and not hold a bill hostage by playing partisan politics". Pelosi and Schumer left the White House without speaking to reporters.

House Republicans managed to pass the legislation mostly along party lines in the 235-193 vote, despite often coming short of securing a majority of the majority on measures to keep the government open in recent years. Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, ticking off a roster of Democratic priorities, including domestic-spending increases, funding for veterans and money to battle opioid abuse, immigration and health care. Democrats (and some Republicans) are looking to include a number of other legislative priorities ― Obamacare subsidies, a reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, as well as a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program ― and negotiations on those items could be just as tricky as the spending agreement.

While the bill keeps the government running for now, it would set up a pre-Christmas showdown later this month.

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. He said they want "illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime". Republican leaders have floated a $54 billion boost in defense next year and a $37 billion boost in nondefense spending; Democrats have thus far demanded equivalent increases for both. "Nothing specific has been agreed to, but discussions continue", said Capitol Hill's top Democrats, Sen.

Mr. Trump has rescinded the so-called DACA deportation amnesty that was ordered by former President Barack Obama, leaving Congress until March to act, but some Democrats want to deal with it now.

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

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