House to vote on government funding bill to avert federal shutdown

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Some hardline conservatives signaled concerns about a December 22 deadline but are expected to back the first continuing resolution to avert a shutdown. "Nothing specific has been agreed to, but discussions continue", Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement after the meeting.

A government shutdown this weekend would be a potential disaster for Republicans as they race forward with their sweeping tax overhaul, which they hope to complete by Christmas. "So they're not showing up for the meeting", Trump told reporters last week.

The vote came as Trump and top congressional leaders in both parties huddled to discuss a range of unfinished bipartisan business on Capitol Hill, including the budget, a key children's health program and aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida - and, for Democrats and many Republicans, protections for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

Government funding is set to expire at the end of Friday, and the stopgap measure would provide more time for negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on overall spending levels for the 2018 fiscal year. "I want to avoid a headline that says President Trump's administration just passed the highest spending levels in US history".

Democrats withheld support for the continuing resolution, or "CR", saying the GOP hadn't backed their priorities, so majority Republicans had to prove they could pass the measure on their own.

Mr. Trump has rescinded the so-called DACA deportation amnesty that was ordered by former President Barack Obama, leaving Congress until March to act, but some Democrats want to deal with it now.

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House to vote on government funding bill to avert federal shutdown

Under a 10-year budget deal struck in 2011, Congress may appropriate a maximum of $549 billion for defense programs and $516 billion for nondefense programs next year.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus is pushing Ryan to try to force Democrats to accept higher military funding without any increase in domestic funding.

Schumer denied that Democrats are eager to force a confrontation.

"Until we get those assurances, we are just kicking a can down the road", said Republican Representative Andy Biggs, a member of the Freedom Caucus.

Republicans have majorities in both chambers of Congress, but they can not pass spending bills alone.

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