The government is funded for another two weeks.
But that doesn’t mean that President Donald Trump isn’t staring down the possibility of a government shutdown.
The Senate and House each today passed a continuing resolution that funds the government until just before Christmas, POLITICO’s John Bresnahan, Sarah Ferris and Rachael Bade reports. That stops an immediate crisis but punts a range of thorny issues, including spending priorities and immigration until right before Christmas.
“The biggest hurdles have yet to come. Republicans know they need Democrats to pass any broader spending agreement to fund the government through 2018, and Democrats are flexing their muscles and making significant policy demands for their votes.”
Negotiations over a budget come as the GOP is trying to reconcile the House and Senate tax bills — an issue the White House has been negotiating on, too.
Congressional leaders are facing a series of tough asks — appeasing “defense hawks and conservative hard-liners in the House Freedom caucus” and Democrats who want movement on immigration.
It all adds up to a long month with no reason to believe there’s a clear outcome.
Elsewhere in President Trump’s orbit:
Via:: Politico Top Stories