Senate Spending Vote Averts Govt Shutdown For Now

Roll Call reports:

The Senate cleared a monthlong spending bill Thursday, sending it to President Donald Trump’s desk hours before government funding was set to expire at midnight. The vote was 74-20. The continuing resolution is the second temporary spending bill Congress has passed since fiscal 2020 began on Oct. 1. Once Trump signs it — as his aides say he will — the stopgap measure will fund the government through Dec. 20.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Thursday during floor remarks that the year-end negotiations could go down one of two paths. The first path, which ends in a bipartisan agreement, doesn’t include Trump’s involvement. The second, where Trump would “stomp his feet” and “make impossible demands” would likely end in another government shutdown, Schumer said.