The Senate is expected to act on the legislation before the deadline. A senior administration official said Tuesday that Trump is expected to sign the bill. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to avoid speaking publicly before an official announcement.
Passage of the "continuing resolution" was necessary because legislators and the administration have not agreed on full-year expenditure for the financial year 2020. which began on October 1
. The government is working on a spending bill for a stop-gap that was adopted in September but expires on Thursday evening.
Prior to the vote, the laws of both parties lamented that they did not agree on the 12 annual expenditures. for 2020, and the resulting need to implement short-term measures once again.
"This is a recognition of failure, it is a recognition of failure," said Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.). But, Hoyer adds, "The option shuts down the government at midnight on the 21st. It is not an acceptable option. "
Trump's billions of dollars in building a wall along the US-Mexico border have once again emerged as the main obstacle to a broader budget deal. Trump wants $ 5 billion for the wall, and Senate Republicans signed in to that figure earlier this year. But the House Democrats set aside no money at all for spending bills they passed. It is still unclear how – or if – a compromise can be reached.
That makes a government shutdown a real threat when the new funding proposal expires on December 20, just before Christmas and possibly around the same time that Parliament votes on impeachment articles against Trump.
"We have to work something out with the Democrats on the wall, and things may be related to the wall," said Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.). He said that so far he has not seen any desire to compromise with the White House or House Democrats.
And in an ominous sign of increased partisanship on spending, only 12 House Republicans voted for the card bill Tuesday – many fewer than the 76 Republicans who supported the last bill. House Republicans expressed various complaints, accusing Democrats of not working in good faith to get a bigger budget deal. The Democrats, for their part, argued that the Senate Republicans and the White House should be blamed.
During a closed-door Democratic caucus meeting on Tuesday, President Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Pessimistic about the prospects for an agreement before Dec. 20, according to a Democrat at the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about the private discussion .
The dispute over the border wall caused a 35-day government shutdown last winter. It ended without Congress giving Trump all the money he wanted for the wall. In the end, over bipartisan objections from Congress, Trump declared a national emergency at the border that the White House used to take billions from military construction accounts and direct the money to the wall.
The White House has made it clear that if Congress does not approve all the money Trump wants for the wall this time, he will bypass Congress to withdraw money from other accounts and direct them to the border.
Despite the dispute over the Wall, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Chairman Nita M. Lowey (DN.Y.) said it was imperative for Congress to reach an agreement to fully fund the government through the 2020 budget ending September 30, 2020. don't do that, budgets for government agencies including the Pentagon, the Department of Health and Human Services and many other accounts would continue at current levels. That would mean losing billions of dollars in Pentagon spending and domestic agencies that Congress previously agreed on – a result that legislators from both parties want to avoid.
"It is imperative that we get our work done," Lowey said.
The "continuing resolution" passed on Tuesday also includes a number of other provisions, including a 3.1 percent pay increase for military members. It distributes money for the census. And the legislation extends to March regulations in the United States Patriotic Law, which would expire on December 15, including one called Section 215 that allows the government to collect records from telephone companies and other entities related to terrorist investigations. Some legislators oppose this extension because of concerns that data may be collected about private citizens.