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Senate sends Trump stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate handed a short lived government-wide funding invoice on Thursday that staves off the chance of a authorities shutdown by means of Nov. 21.

The measure would purchase further time for lawmakers to work to unclog a $1.Four trillion bundle of yearly spending payments that’s hung up amid fights over President Donald Trump’s border wall and abortion. Those measures face a wide range of obstacles, and it’s not clear whether or not Congress will move them.

The invoice handed by an 82-15 vote and heads to the White House for Trump’s anticipated signature.

Democrats blocked Senate Republicans from advancing an nearly $700 billion protection measure final week, a transfer partly designed to leverage broader negotiations on home packages.

The stopgap funding invoice got here because the Senate Appropriations panel accredited 5 spending payments, together with a $71 billion homeland safety measure that might give Trump his full $5 billion request to construct about 200 miles (322 kilometers) of fencing alongside the U.S.-Mexico border.

The committee accredited the homeland safety measure by a 17-14 vote, with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia the one Democrat in favor.

“A wall will do nothing to address the current situation at the border, where most people arriving are asylum seekers who turn themselves in,” mentioned prime Appropriations Democrat, Patrick Leahy of Vermont. “But will forever change its landscape. It will cut ranches in two, rob Americans of their property, destroy sensitive lands, and threaten wildlife. This is a waste of taxpayer dollars and bad for our country.”

The cash faces an uphill slog and is a nonstarter with Democrats controlling the House.

Trump received $1.Four billion earlier this yr by means of the common funds course of. He nearly instantly declared a nationwide emergency that triggered his means to conduct a lately introduced $3.6 billion switch from navy base development. If the $5 billion is added to prior-year appropriations and numerous transfers from the Pentagon, Trump would have obtained nearly $15 billion for the wall.

Meanwhile, the panel additionally accredited a measure to kill a $4,500 cost-of-living pay elevate that lawmakers are alleged to obtain below a 1989 pay reform measure. The pay elevate has been blocked since 2009. House leaders in each events had been making an attempt to orchestrate a maneuver to permit the pay elevate to go forward.

Rank and file lawmakers make $174,000 per yr, a wholesome wage, however rising housing and faculty prices are making it tougher for members who aren’t nicely off to stay in Congress.

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