WASHINGTON — The majority of Democrats and Republicans in the House voted to postpone a government shutdown by one week, giving Congress until next Friday at midnight to hammer out a spending deal for the rest of the fiscal year.
The Senate quickly approved the House’s continuing resolution — or “CR” in Washington-speak — sending it to President Trump. The CR passed the house 373 to 30.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said “progress” had been made between the parties on the deal as lawmakers stayed up past midnight negotiating.
“Not all the poison pill riders have been eliminated,” Schumer said. “We’re willing to extend things for a little time in hopes that the same kind of progress will be made.”
Democrats have objected to riders to the spending bill cutting funding for health care, environmental programs and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Republicans already backed down from the president’s demand that the spending bill include money for a border wall, and the White House assured Democrats it would continue to fund a key part of Obamacare.
In the House, Democrats also objected to Republicans passing a repeal of Obamacare using the same rule, or procedure, that they used for the spending bill. But Republicans backed off that too, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announcing Thursday night that there would be no vote on health care this week.