- BREAKING Politics Apr 28 2017, 11:34 am ET
House Votes to Keep Government Open One More Week
by Leigh Ann Caldwell
The House of Representatives passed a short-term extension Friday morning to keep the government operating for one more week, one step in averting a shutdown as negotiators continue to work on an agreement to extend funding through the remainder of the year.
The Senate still must act, however, to pass the short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution, before it can go to the president’s desk for signature. The Senate and the president have until midnight tonight to act.
The short-term measure was needed after negotiations between the two parties in Congress and the administration on a long-term bill fell short of Friday’s deadline.
Republican Speaker of the House from Wisconsin Paul Ryan speaks to the media about President Trump’s remarks about the conservative House Freedom Caucus in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2017. Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA
Those negotiations hit a snag earlier this week with last-minute demands by President Donald Trump. But after just several days, Trump dropped his request for funding for the construction of a border wall and said he would continue to fund cost-sharing subsidies for low-income people in the Affordable Care Act.
Trump’s concessions helped to move talks along but sticking points still exist, including funding for Puerto Rico and health insurance for coal miners to name just two.
But even that one-week funding bill ran into political roadblocks. Democrats said they would not support the extension if Republicans brought up a bill to repeal and replace their signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans have seen renewed momentum on their health care bill this week after a core group of conservatives said that they would support it after changes were made, but House leadership still didn't bring up the bill for a floor this week. The decision was not because of Democrats' threats but because they didn't have the votes to pass it.
Republicans can only afford to lose 22 members in order for the bill to pass and NBC News has identified 17 who are not supporting it and nearly a dozen more who are undecided.
Leigh Ann Caldwell
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