Congress Passes Stopgap Measure To Fund Government, Averting Shutdown

Deal reached to fund government through Sept

Deal reached to fund government through Sept

A shutdown on Saturday would coincide with Trump's 100th day in office.

House Democrats on Thursday threatened to oppose a spending bill if House Republicans made a decision to hold a floor vote on their revised health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but GOP leaders decided late Thursday to instead delay the vote. Minority Democrats are threatening to withhold support unless there is a bipartisan deal on a massive $1 trillion measure funding agencies through September 30, when the current fiscal year ends, and no final agreement has been reached.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said there were still significant differences with Republicans over elements of the looming longer-term spending bill. Health-care for the miners, however, appears to be on track.

Schumer noted Friday that negotiators stayed up past 1 a.m. making a "good deal of progress". "As soon as we have the votes, we'll vote on it".

"We've heard from. the Trump administration that they will be going with the cost-sharing funding", House Minority Leader Pelosi (D-Calif.) said.

The failure to revive the health-care bill was yet another blow to President Trump as he nears the 100-day mark on Friday.

A late push to salvage the Republican promise of dismantling Obamacare also was delayed when it became clear there were still not enough votes of support from rank-and-file lawmakers, who are concerned their constituents will lose their health insurance. He was the only moderate represented in the recent talks.

"I have great relationships, don't forget a lot of them I didn't even know", Trump told MacCallum. "Fred had thousands of apartments in Brooklyn and I'd go out with him to settle claims, sitting in the back of the auto with him and talking".

But during an interview with "Face the Nation" on CBS aired Sunday, Trump said the measure has a "clause that guarantees" that people with pre-existing conditions will be covered.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wants to avoid an encore of last month's embarrassment, when he abruptly canceled a vote on a health care overhaul at that time because of opposition from moderates and conservatives alike. "I said, 'Has to be'".

While the changes generated new support from lawmakers in the conservative House Freedom Caucus, they are driving away others those in more centrist districts, like Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who is now leaning against the bill. They have the president.

"It depends whether they propose to hitch up this new plan to deny Texans health insurance coverage to the same appropriations measure", Doggett says.

The White House sent mixed signals.

Members of Congress left Washington on Friday without voting on the GOP's revised health care bill.

This week's spending standoff is the first in what could be several budget battles between Congress and the White House this year.

In the bigger spending bill to be negotiated in the coming days, it remained unclear whether Republicans would prevail in their effort to sharply boost defense spending without similar increases for other domestic programs.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the stopgap bill, which kept funding at current levels, "will carry us through next week so that a bipartisan agreement can be reached".

"I'm disappointed that it doesn't go quicker", Trump said about the legislative process, according to excerpts of the interview released Friday.

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