House votes to avert partial government shutdown

The House of Representatives voted 235-193 Thursday to avert a partial government shutdown that could have come Friday, NPR, ABC News and USA Today reported.

The short-term spending bill would keep the federal government running for another two weeks. It still must be passed by the Senate.

President Donald Trump and top congressional leaders met earlier Thursday to resolve longstanding policy differences so Congress can pass a long-term spending bill by Christmas. And that's no sure thing.

The major obstacle is what comes after Dec. 22, when the government runs out of money once again.

Lawmakers are still unsure what would be included in another spending package, saying that there are a myriad of possibilities at this point as leaders and their staff continue negotiating the spending caps for the bill.

"(There will be) some kind of package. What all's in it? I don't know," said Rep. Mark Sanford, a conservative from South Carolina.

House Freedom Caucus members have been pushing for assurances from leadership that the spending bill on December 22 would include some kind of increase in defense spending while domestic spending would stay the same. However, there is little reason to believe a package like that would win 60 Senate votes to pass. HFC members are also asking at this point for GOP leaders to accelerate the timeline on tax reform.

"There are a number of things, we're trying to make sure that the time frame for tax reform is very aggressive and strong. ... We want to make sure tax reform is sped up, there are three or four things that we want to make sure get addressed in the tax reform changes. They're not unique to the Freedom Caucus but just important things that have to be done," said Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina. "And then ultimately is not only the second step of funding but what is the third and fourth and fifth step if necessary, and making sure that we fully understand those and how we best make sure that we make good conservative fiscal decisions."

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