WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives Thursday evening approved a revamped stopgap measure to prevent a partial government shutdown that includes $5.7 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
The measure passed 217-185.
The continuing resolution (CR) maintains funding at existing levels for nine executive departments through Feb. 8, 2019. Current funding for those departments is set to expire at midnight on Friday night. The CR provides $8.7 billion in disaster aid.
The Senate unanimously approved a CR on Wednesday evening that did not include money for the wall or disaster aid.
The Senate is considered almost certain to reject the revamped CR when it considers the measure on Friday afternoon.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said Democrats will not agree to provide more than $1.6 billion for border security — the same amount of money allocated in the FY 2018 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill.
A deal was thought to be at hand until Thursday morning.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cancelled the weekly House GOP leadership news conference on Capitol Hill to take an unexpected phone call from Trump. Shortly thereafter, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in statement that the president was unlikely to sign the Senate-approved CR because it did not include money for the wall.
In the afternoon Ryan and fellow House GOP leaders met with Trump at the White House. Following the meeting Ryan told reporters that the president said he would not sign the CR due to border security concerns. Trump later said at a news conference that wall funding must be included in the CR or he would not sign it.
Some pundits say the president changed his mind about the CR after some of his closest allies in Congress took to the House floor on Wednesday evening and called on him to veto the measure and insist on $5 billion for the wall. They include House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Freedom Caucus Co-chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio.)