House Passes Bill To Avert Shutdown For Two Weeks

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Pelosi added that Democrats would not support the two-week funding extension the House passed on Thursday because she said it does not fund priorities such as fighting the opioid epidemic, veterans funding, or the Children's Health Insurance Program, which was not reauthorized by Congress in September. The Senate approval comes about an hour after the House backed the measure. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi staked out a hard line on Thursday and insisted that any year-end deal would include help for immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.

The Republican leaders spoke of the need to help young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, but also stressed the importance of addressing border security and other parts of "our broken immigration system".

Trump accused the Democratic leaders of being "all talk" and "no action".

House conservatives had raised objections to the current plan to extend funding until December 22 before reaching a longer-term deal because they worry the pressure to leave town right before Christmas will give Democrats leverage to get more of their priorities included in a spending bill at that time.

Brady, who leads the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said House Republicans are still deciding which taxes they would sunset. Once the budget deal is reached, lawmakers can work out detailed spending plan that would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year 2018 which ends on September 30 next year. Pelosi and Schumer left the White House without speaking to reporters.

It praised Pelosi and Schumer for choosing to "put their responsibility to the American people above partisanship" and said Trump was anticipating productive talks between "leaders who put their differences aside".

Conservatives generally believe they will have more leverage in the negotiations over the next spending bill if the deadline is not right when lawmakers are trying to get home for the holidays. They know they'd still have leverage on subsequent bills needed to keep the government running. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference on Thursday that it is one of the party's priorities.

The spending bill will now move to the Senate, where lawmakers said it could be passed as early as Thursday evening, and sent to the president's desk for signature. Unlike the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and overhaul the tax code, Republicans need 60 votes in the Senate to pass government funding. Conservatives had threatened to oppose the legislation.

Despite having to push back the timing of the bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters he was optimistic they'd have enough votes to get legislation through the House.

Congress seems set to prevent a weekend government shutdown.

"It's kind of just basic governing, is keeping government going while we negotiate the finer details", Ryan told reporters Thursday morning.

Many on both sides have decided a headline-grabbing federal closure would be a political blunder, at least for now.

The government runs out of money at midnight Friday. That didn't happen on Thursday, but the clock is now reset for December 22 with no promises from conservative lawmakers.

To jumpstart that negotiating, Trump and congressional leaders agreed to meet Thursday an attempt to reach agreements.