I hate, hate, hate this cycle of bad governance. In lieu of an actually budget, the Congress just periodically passes short-term spending bills. And then both parties use the “crisis” as an excuse to wrangle through their pet priorities of the moment. And all of this under the threat of a “government shutdown” that barely shuts down anything. Whatever.
The House a cleared a must-pass bill Thursday night to fund the government through Feb. 16, sending the measure to the Senate as lawmakers scramble to avoid a government shutdown amid a fight over the fate of young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.
The measure passed by a 230-197 vote, with a handful of Republicans joining Democrats in voting against the measure.
Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus largely backed the measure, after spending much of the day in negotiations with the White House and GOP leaders over concerns about military funding levels and the larger debate between the White House and Capitol Hill over immigration reform.
The package would fund the government through mid-February, and also includes a measure to renew funds for a program, known as CHIP, providing low-income children with health insurance for six years.