Government Shutdown Avoided as Trump Prepares to Sign Stopgap


A new stopgap to ensure continued government funding is headed to the White House, where President Donald Trump has indicated he will quickly sign the measure into law to avoid any cutoff in funds at midnight tonight.

The stage for Trump to sign the new continuing resolution funding the federal government through May 5 was set when the House and Senate both quickly approved the measure earlier today. Republican leaders said they planned to quickly transmit the CR (H.J. Res. 99) to the White House to avoid any threat of a government shutdown when a current stopgap expires.

The government won't shut down, for now

The new CR was easily passed in the House this morning on a 382-30 vote, with 207 Republicans and 175 Democrats voting in favor of the stopgap. Only 16 Republicans and 14 Democrats opposed the bill.

After that, the stopgap was quickly brought up in the Senate and passed by voice vote under a unanimous consent agreement.

But enactment of the CR only gives lawmakers one more week to nail down a final deal on an 11-bill omnibus appropriations package and pass the massive measure through both chambers. Democrats said they won’t support another CR—which would be the fourth needed to cover the government in fiscal year 2017—unless they win more concessions in omnibus talks. Among other things, Democrats said they are still fighting a long list of "poison pill” riders that Republicans want in the package.

Lawmakers said they are prepared for an intense final round of bargaining on the details of the omnibus, including the supplemental that will provide some of the funding increases for defense and border security that Trump requested. While Trump dropped his demands for border wall money, the president is expected to claim victory over the extra Pentagon money in the final package.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the first glimpse of the omnibus could come soon. Republican leaders "are desirous of getting this done before the end of the weekend, posting something either as early perhaps as Sunday night or as late as Monday night,” Hoyer said after passage of the CR.