Breaking: House passes bill to avoid shutdown

Breaking: House passes bill to avoid shutdown
Paul Ryan (Image: Christopher Halloran/Shutterstock)

The House passed legislation Friday to avoid a government shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline.

The weeklong stopgap measure easily passed, 382-30. After the Senate clears the bill late Friday, lawmakers will have one week to hash out a longer-term spending package that lasts through September.

Only 16 Republicans and 14 Democrats voted against the stopgap bill.

The larger spending bill is expected to need Democratic help to keep the government funded, even though Republicans control both chambers of Congress as well as the White House.

Negotiations between the GOP and Democrats have dragged on amid unresolved policy riders regarding Puerto Rico and health benefits for coal miners.

The two biggest hurdles to a deal were resolved earlier this week. The Trump administration backed off its demands that the spending bill include a down payment for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

And Democrats who demanded ObamaCare’s cost-sharing payments to insurers to help subsidize low-income consumers’ health plans be appropriated by Congress signaled they were willing to accept the Trump administration’s assurance it would continue issuing them.

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