House passes bill to avoid government shutdown

The House on Thursday passed a two-week spending bill to keep the government operating and avoid a partial shutdown — putting the debate over funding for President Trump’s border wall on hold for the next two weeks.

The Senate was expected to pass the measure later in the day, just ahead of Friday’s deadline, The Hill reported.

Trump wants Congress to fork over at least $5 billion in funding for the border wall — which he used to say would be paid for by Mexico — in legislation to fund the entire government through the next fiscal year.

But Democrats have only agreed to $1.6 billion in funding for security improvements at the border — and can filibuster legislation in the Senate, making it highly unlikely that the upper chamber would agree to boost wall funding.

The continuing resolution passed Thursday extended funding at present levels for government agencies including the departments of Homeland Security, State, Interior, Justice, Transportation and Commerce, among others, until Dec. 21.

According to estimates, Trump’s long-promised wall would cost at least $25 billion.

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