The House on Thursday easily passed a stopgap spending measure to avert a shutdown at month’s end. But the hard part is just beginning. Democratic and Republican leaders will spend the next two months attempting to forge a lasting deal to fund the government involving all of the same political landmines that thrust Washington into a 35-day shutdown — and more.Story Continued Below The border wall. Detention beds. Immigration agents. And now, President Donald Trump’s cash grab from the Pentagon to fund the wall. “That is going to be a big fight, like we saw last time,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said in an interview. “Nobody wants a shutdown. But what do you do when you’re so far apart?” After a 301-123 vote, the House-approved funding bill — which keeps the government open until just before Thanksgiving — now heads to the Senate, which is expected to clear the legislation well before the Sept. 30 deadline. Congressional leaders will then have until Nov. 21 to reach an accord for full-year funding, or, as many lawmakers expect, another funding patch through Christmas. That sets up Congress for an eerily similar scenario to fall 2018, when dealmaking broke down and Trump shuttered… Read full this story
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