In Summary
  • The Senate easily passed the bipartisan measure that funds government until December 22, by a vote of 81 to 14.

  • It occurred just hours after the House of Representatives did the same.

  • The bill heads to the White House for the president's signature ahead of the Friday midnight deadline. But with a shutdown crisis prevented — at least for now — a heated battle could lay ahead.

WASHINGTON,

The US Congress, facing an end-of-week deadline, passed a funding stopgap measure Thursday that averts a government shutdown and provides lawmakers and President Donald Trump with breathing room to strike a 2018 budget deal.

The Senate easily passed the bipartisan measure that funds government until December 22, by a vote of 81 to 14.

SIGNATURE

It occurred just hours after the House of Representatives did the same.

The bill heads to the White House for the president's signature ahead of the Friday midnight deadline. But with a shutdown crisis prevented — at least for now — a heated battle could lay ahead.

Trump will need to work with Democrats and his fellow Republicans in the coming weeks to thrash out a budget plan for fiscal year 2018 that earns the support of lawmakers battling over policy and spending priorities.

The Republican Party controls both chambers of Congress, but in the Senate they will need at least a handful of Democratic votes in order to pass the spending bill.

While the two sides share some common goals, such as funding the programme that provides health insurance for millions of children, they remain divided on issues like the level of military funding compared to that for domestic programmes.

Democratic and Republican leaders huddled with Trump at the White House before the Senate vote.

ISSUES

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