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December 19th, 2018

Senate to Introduce Short-Term CR to Fund Government Until February 8th

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced this morning that the Senate would take up a short-term continuing resolution (“CR”) today to fund the government through February 8th.

The plan will push the ongoing debate over immigration and border security into next year, when Democrats will hold control of the House and Nancy Pelosi will likely be Speaker.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “We would have preferred one of our two options, but I’m glad the leader thinks the government should not shut down over the president’s demand for a wall, and Democrats will support this CR” this morning on the Senate floor. Democratic leaders offered two separate proposals to fund the government for a longer period, but Trump has not accepted them.

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond on whether Trump would back a short-term spending bill. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president would want to see what Congress passes before he decides whether to sign it.

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