The Senate and the House passed a bipartisan spending measure Thursday to avert another government shutdown, just an hour after President Donald Trump resolved to sign the bill and declare a national emergency to go around Congress and build his controversial border wall project.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) quickly slammed Trump for his decision, terming it “a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall.”
Here’s how this will all play out:
- The first move: Leaders in both parties decided late on Wednesday the Senate will go first on Thursday.
- Moving quickly: The package is technically in the form of a conference report, which isn’t amendable, so the process can technically move fairly quickly. It’s still to be determined whether senators will attempt to raise points of order to try and slow the process down, but the idea is to move fast once it’s officially taken up.
- But remember: In the Senate, a single senator can slow things down if that senator so pleases.
- After that: Once the Senate passes the package, it will move to the House.
- What to expect in the House: The House Rules Committee will meet today to set the parameters for the debate on the conference report. When lawmakers return from the funerals of former Rep. John Dingell and Rep. Walter Jones, they will move to vote on the rule, then debate the conference report, then vote to pass it.
- Final passage: That’s scheduled to occur Thursday evening.
- After all that: The package will be cleared for President Trump’s signature. And Congress will officially be on recess.
Negotiations to avert another government shutdown abruptly fell apart over the weekend, raising the risk of another shuttering of services, a stopgap funding bill or a declaration by President Donald Trump of a national emergency at the southern border.
Talks over hammering out a border security package have cratered because of disagreements over immigration enforcement within the U.S., detention beds and paying for a border barrier, leaving lawmakers in the same place they’ve been for months. There was radio silence midday Sunday after Republican and Democratic negotiators had passed offers back and forth for more than a week.
Source: Shutdown talks stalled