Monday, October 25, 2021

US Senate passes short-term budget bill to avoid government shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell walks from the Senate floor to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 19 December 2018.

Washington DC, Dec 19 (EFE).- The United States Senate Wednesday approved a short-term spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown during the holidays, but it does not include funds demanded by the US president to build the wall along the Mexico border.

The bill, pushed by the Republicans and supported by the Democrats, includes funds to finance the administration for seven weeks from Friday midnight – when the current ones expire – until Feb. 8.

The House of Representatives is expected to approve the bill Thursday so that President Donald Trump can sign it.

Trump has not yet stated whether he supports the spending bill as it does not include $5 billion he had demanded for the border wall with Mexico.

The US Capitol Building is seen at sunset in Washington, DC, USA, 19 December 2018. Senate Democratic leadership and Republican leadership have come to an agreement to fund the federal government through 08 February 2019.

In fact, at a meeting last week with Democrat leaders in the Congress, Trump said he would be proud to force a government shutdown if the wall were to be financed.

With the approval of the budget, negotiation on funding for the wall would be postponed to 2019 when the Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives and can thereby block it easily.

Earlier this year, Trump faced two government shutdowns for lack of funds: the first, in January and which lasted for three days while the second in February which went on for only a few hours.