On Tuesday, the United States Lawmakers has moved to avert a disabled government shutdown as the House of Representative has passed a short-term spending bill that funds federal operations until December 20.
Later this week, the Senate is likely to clear the measures and send it to the White House before agencies run out of funding on November 21.
The US Congress has been inadequate to secure a long-term agreement. Republicans and Democrats have been negotiating for months but remain at odds over the funding of President Trump’s long-going war over the US border with Mexico, among other important issues.
Washington is occupied by his impeachment probe, lawmakers have expressed concern about the likeliness to finalize a deal in the run-up to break during Christmas.
The measure has offered a 3.2% pay raise to the US military, funding the 2020 census, and kept crucial public health programs going for another month.
House Republican Tom Cole told his housemate that “while short term measures are never ideal, this extension of funding is necessary to ensure that the House and Senate can continue to negotiate and reach agreement on full-year appropriations for the fiscal year 2020.”
The short-term bill was passed 231- 192, with 12 Republicans backing it in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.
Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell has stated that he expected a vote in the coming days, saying that “failing to secure funding for the federal government before the end of the year is not an option.”
President Trump’s Administration has experienced two government shutdowns, along with thirty-five days block from late 2018 to early 2019, which is the longest shutdown in the history of America, over disputes on border security.