Senate passes stop-gap spending bill

A man walked next to a reinforced section of the US-Mexico border fence is seen from Tijuana in Mexico

A man walked next to a reinforced section of the US-Mexico border fence is seen from Tijuana in Mexico

The Senate has approved legislation to temporarily fund the government and avoid a federal shutdown over President Donald Trump's border wall.

The president warned Democrats in the Senate that they would be responsible for a government shutdown if they voted against the bill.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says it's good news that President Donald Trump has apparently retreated from his demand that Congress pay for a border wall with Mexico. House lawmakers said they were being told to stay in town for more possible votes.

The House voted largely along party lines, 217-185, after GOP leaders framed the vote as a slap-back to Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become House speaker on January 3 and who had warned Trump in a televised Oval Office meeting last week that he wouldn't have the votes for the wall. Nancy does not have to apologize.

White House officials were in a meeting discussing border security last August when a sudden outburst from aide Stephen Miller silenced the room.

A partial government shutdown will begin at midnight on Friday unless the impasse is resolved.

A proposal in the works in the Senate would keep the government funded past a midnight Friday deadline and into the early weeks of 2019.

But the outlook changed drastically on Thursday as Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric and suggested again that he is not willing to accept anything less than his $5 billion demand.

That news threw many lawmakers into a tailspin as confusion and uncertainty over what would happen next dominated the day on Capitol Hill.

Trump's comments came after an emergency meeting earlier Thursday at the White House with top House GOP leaders and several conservatives, including House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of OH, a former Freedom Caucus chairman.

"We can not accept the offer they made of a billion-dollar slush fund for the president to implement his very wrong immigration policies", Pelosi told reporters.

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As the chorus of discontent echoed on Twitter and Fox News, Trump tweeted angrily at Democrats: "I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has ideal Border Security".

Even if the House approves the measure with the wall funds, it faces certain rejection in the closely divided Senate, where Democrats solidly oppose the wall.

Pelosi, however, argued during a press conference on Thursday that the situation was descending into a "meltdown" among Republicans.

This comes after Trump was being hammered within conservative media for seeming open to passing the bill without wall funding in it. "I don't see how we avoid a shutdown", said retiring Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla.

The White House has said it's looking at other avenues to fund the wall. Earlier this week he appeared to shelve shutdown threats, with the White House saying he was open to reviewing whatever bill Congress could send him.

"That's something that we would be able to support", she said, as long as it's coupled with other funding. Just last week he said he would be "proud" to shut down the government over it.

"There's a lot of frustration", said Rep. Greg Walden, Republican of Oregon.

Earlier Thursday, he told congressional Republicans he wouldn't support a short-term spending measure passed by the Senate the night before.

While Trump has not said he would sign the funding extension, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway signaled Wednesday that he may consider it, saying that "he'll take a look at that, certainly".

"You've got to be kidding me, really?". Trump's allies had warned him that he would have even less leverage to demand wall funding after Democrats take control of the House on January 3 and anxious that Trump's failure to make good on his signature campaign promise could hamper his re-election campaign.

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