After dragging their feet in vote after vote, the House of Representatives has finally passed a stopgap spending bill with the extra $5 Billion for President Donald Trump’s boarder wall.
The bill passed 217-185 late on Thursday.
However, according to many the bill will be a tough sell in the Senate despite that the GOP controls the upper chamber.
The Senate will take up the bill on Friday, but if it does not pass, parts of the government will shut down on Saturday without a new spending measure.
The bill passed by the House also includes $8.7 billion in emergency disaster aid.
The House measure came after the president signaled that he would not sign the bill negotiated on Wednesday because it did not include any spending for border security.
“I’ve made my position very clear: Any measure that funds the government must include border security,” Trump said at the White House on Thursday.
The president also tweeted his lament over the bill:
When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership. Would be done by end of year (NOW). It didn’t happen! We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries – but not for our beloved U.S.A. Not good!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
After a meeting with GOP leadership, House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “We want to keep the government open, but we also want to see an agreement that protects the border. We have very serious concerns about securing our border.”
If the Senate wants to avoid a government shutdown, it will have to pass the bill on Friday night.
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