House Passes Two-Week Stopgap Bill to Keep Government Funded

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WASHINGTON – The House approved on Thursday a good two-week stopgap measure to avoid a federal government shutdown this weekend, pressing until right before Christmas a good broader possible showdown over spending priorities, immigration and health care.

The measure, which would fund the government through Dec. 22, still must be approved by the Senate and signed by President Trump.

The House vote came as congressional leaders from both parties met with Mr. Trump at the White Property to discuss the thicket of problems facing lawmakers as the end of the year approaches. In the coming days, Democrats plan to press to shield from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the country as kids. And Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority head, has pledged to aid passing of bipartisan legislation to stabilize health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic leaders pulled away of a planned White House meeting last week following Mr. Trump fired off a Twitter content attacking them and stating that he did not foresee a deal. However in short remarks from the Oval Office before Thursday’s meeting started, Mr. Trump and the Democratic leaders struck a hopeful tone.

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“We’re within the spirit of ‘let’s take action,’” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader.

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Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the home Democratic head, said she was eager to address the problems of health insurance for kids, combating opioids and helping veterans.

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