US Senate approves spending bill to avoid government shutdown

The US Senate has handed a spending and border safety bill, averting a second government shutdown. Lacking the funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall, the bill opens the door to Trump declaring a nationwide emergency.

The bill is predicted to be handed by the Democrat-controlled House and from there strikes to the White House. While Trump is predicted to signal it, the president has made it clear he’ll declare a nationwide emergency to get the funding for his wall. The bill gives simply $1.375 billion for fencing on the US-Mexico border, a far cry from the $5.7 billion Trump requested.

The spending bill handed the Senate with a vote of 83-16 on Thursday. It additionally gives over $22 billion for “border security initiatives,” together with upgraded know-how at ports of entry, help for unlawful immigrants apprehended crossing the border, and extra border patrol hires. It will fund the government by way of the top of the fiscal 12 months and supply a 1.9 p.c pay increase for federal employees, in addition to a $1 billion enhance in funding for the Census Bureau.

Both events have framed the bill as a victory. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced his approval of Trump’s resolution to use a nationwide emergency to requisition more cash for his wall, and Republicans pointed to the addition of extra metal slat border fencing as a win.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer known as the bill a “fair compromise,” noting that they had gotten away with out funding “the president’s expansive and ineffective wall.” The wall was on the coronary heart of the deadlock that brought about the longest shutdown in US historical past, shuttering the government for nearly two months as each events refused to again down.