U.S. government shutdown averted after Senate passes temporary spending bill

The White House said on Tuesday it would search for already appropriated government funds to be redirected towards building the wall, since Congress was not cooperating with its request for the money.

One more point to clarify: Schumer in January 2018 said he offered to back funding for Trump's border wall in exchange for a broader immigration package that included a deal for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants living in the country illegally.

By postponing decisions on spending for the agencies that also includes the departments of Justice, Commerce, Interior and Agriculture, Democrats will be in a somewhat stronger bargaining position next year when they take majority control of the House.

Funding for about a quarter of the government will run out at midnight on Friday, and the government will be forced to partially close unless the spending measure is agreed to. McConnell told colleagues mid-Thursday afternoon that they should expect votes around noon on Friday if the House cobbles together votes for a spending bill.

Ryan, standing next to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said the leaders are "going to go back to the House and work with our members" on a solution that includes border security funding.

Throughout Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, "Build the wall!" was a rallying cry.

The president's allies expressed anxiety on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) that Trump was, in the words of some, "caving" on the wall and warned of the potential backlash from his supporters and the impact it could have on his re-election effort.

"The president said he will not sign this bill, so we're going to go back and work on adding border security to this".

Several GOP senators said that even if the House passed additional funding for border security, it could not pass the Senate, where votes are needed from Democrats to advance it.

Paul Ryan leaving the White House after being informed of Mr Trump's decision
Paul Ryan leaving the White House after being informed of Mr Trump's decision Credit Bloomberg

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats oppose Trump's border demands because the wall is "inefficient" and because Trump, as a candidate, promised that Mexico would pay for it, which Mexico has refused to do.

Failure to do so would trigger partial government shutdowns on Saturday. Maybe. But the House Freedom Caucus is still demanding immediate border wall funding, no matter how they get it. HFC Chairman Mark Meadows was releasing this statement just as the Senate was voting on the stopgap bill. "The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security".

While the White House has indicated that Trump is open to reviewing whatever Congress passes, the president hasn't weighed in on the stopgap measure.

Meanwhile, President Trump echoed the infamous campaign promise that Mexico will pay for the wall on Twitter Wednesday.

"He has a responsibility to keep the government moving forward, and has a responsibility to get border security. It will go up fast and save us BILLIONS of dollars a month once completed!"

"I don't know anybody that's ready to vote for this", he said. Because they voted twice in recent years to fund construction of a border wall.

"We're down to nearly single digits here", Roberts said about the large number of senators from both parties who left town after the Senate passed the stopgap bill late Wednesday night.

Many Trump supporters are frustrated that he appears to have retreated on his shutdown threats over wall funding.

The rejected spending bill did not provide for Trump's specific border wall vision, instead offering $1.3 billion for border security and fencing, according to WTOP.

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