September 19, 2017
Trump Signs Funding Measure to Avert Shutdown
Government Executive, Erich Wagner, September 8, 2017
President Trump on Friday signed legislation staving off a government shutdown and default until early December and appropriating $15.25 billion for hurricane relief efforts.
The House passed the bill earlier Friday.
The plan, formulated by congressional Democrats as a counterproposal to GOP efforts to keep agencies open until December and extend the debt limit until after the 2018 midterm elections, will extend the government’s borrowing authority and funding at current levels until December 8.
Trump endorsed the deal Wednesday after a meeting with congressional leaders, to the surprise of GOP lawmakers. Although some conservative senators opposed tying the debt limit increase and continuing resolution to hurricane relief efforts, the Senate approved the plan Thursday by an 80-17 vote.
Similarly, conservative groups like the Republican Study Committee and the House Freedom Caucus opposed the deal, but the measure passed that chamber 316-90. All 90 dissenting votes were from Republican lawmakers. READ MORE….
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