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Report: House GOP Leadership to Vote on Two-Week Spending Bill This Week

The Associated Press
SEAN MORAN

House Republican leadership told reporters on Monday that they will likely propose and vote on a two-week spending bill this week, punting a potential government shutdown fight over wall funding to the end of December.

House leadership said on Monday that they expect to unanimously approve a two-week spending bill this week, which would fund the government until December 21, at least according to Fox News reporter Chad Pegram.

Unanimously approving a two-week continuing resolution (CR) would require that no member of Congress object to the measure.

The House scheduled their next votes for next Monday, December 10.

President Donald Trump signaled on Monday that he would sign a short-term spending bill after the death of former President George H.W. Bush. Several members of Congress plan to attend Bush’s D.C. funeral scheduled for Wednesday, followed by a Thursday ceremony in Texas.

Trump has threatened to partially shut down the government if Congress fails to include $5 billion of additional funding in the spending bill to build the border will. Senate Democrats have signaled that they will offer no more than $1.6 billion, the same amount that Trump received in a previous government spending fight.

On Monday, President Trump reiterated his threat of a government shutdown if Democrats do not give him wall funding in December.

“We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Either way, people will NOT be allowed into our Country illegally! We will close the entire Southern Border if necessary. Also, STOP THE DRUGS!”

President Trump previously threatened before the 2018 midterms that he wanted to stage a fight over funding the wall, but he relented, worrying about the fight’s impact on the Republicans’ House majority.

Exit polling for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found that 80 percent of Republican voters and 53 percent of swing voters support President Trump’s campaign promise to build a border wall along America’s southern border.

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