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After House action, it's up to the Senate to avert a shutdown

After House action, it's up to the Senate to avert a shutdown

"Now it's on the Senate", said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). "In another month, we'll be right back here, at this moment, with the same web of problems at our feet, in no better position to solve them".

"I think we could solve it in 30 minutes if people wanted to", said Republican Sen.

"It's all a futility it seems to me", the Texas Republican said of the possibility of an even shorter-term continuing resolution than the House-passed four-week stopgap measure.

Nevertheless, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said earlier on Thursday that the House bill to fund the government was "very likely to be unacceptable to the Senate".

The House voted 230-197 to pass the stopgap bill, which also grants a six-year extension to Medicaid's Children's Health Insurance Program and pause other levies enacted as part of Obamacare, including the "Cadillac tax" for two years retroactive to January 1 and the health insurance tax for one year starting in 2019.

Most military services would still operate, The Washington Post reported, though service members would not be paid unless Congress passed a special measure for them.

Q&A What is a government shutdown? Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

In an animated and rare late-night debate on the Senate floor, Schumer and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sparred over the legislation, which would extend government funding for four weeks until February 16th.

President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program previous year, telling lawmakers to find a solution. The White House later backtracked and said the president supported the spending bill. Charles Schumer will decide in the Senate if the federal government closes its doors Friday.

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Democrats withheld support for the bill, forcing negotiations between House Speaker Paul Ryan and the conservative House Freedom Caucus to ensure the bill would pass. House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows secured commitments for future votes on military funding and an immigration bill favored by conservatives. "It baffles me and it perplexes me, because I come from the business world, that we don't run our country better".

A government shutdown is when Congress doesn't approve a federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year and nonessential functions of the USA government close until lawmakers can agree on a budget.

Senate Minority Leader, Sen.

In 2013, the government shut down after Republicans insisted any government funding bill include provisions defunding Obamacare.

SNELL: And Republicans control the Senate and the White House (laughter).

Ryan also expressed optimism that Republicans will have the necessary votes in the House, but conservatives continue to oppose the bill.

The Senate was debating Thursday night about how to fund the government.

The temporary measure faces a tough road to passage in the Senate, where Republicans' vote margins are much narrower.