The Republican House of Representatives passed a temporary spending bill to prevent the government from closing on Thursday, doing as little as possible in a sprint to the holidays and postponing disputes over immigration, medical care and national security for next year. The House also approved an $ 81 billion disaster relief measure that nearly doubles President Donald Trump’s most recent request for the hurricane-affected states of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and areas of California devastated by recent fires.
The Senate approved the resolution with 66 votes in favor and 32 against, while the Lower House did the same with 231 favorable and 188 opposing. The resolution extends the US budget until January 19, and broadens the negotiating margin between Democrats and Republicans for a final agreement on the accounts of the 2018 fiscal year. The funding includes emergency funds for reconstruction work in Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas following the passage of devastating hurricanes a few months ago. This is the second budget extension approved by the Congress in a few days, since at the beginning of December it did so for a period of two weeks, which expired tomorrow.
With this new extension, President Donald Trump avoids a partial closure of the government the same week of the approval of the tax reform, seen as his greatest legislative success since he arrived at the White House almost a year ago.
The Democrats insist on conditioning their support to the bills to agree a solution for the nearly 800 thousand undocumented youth known as “dreamers” or “dreamers”, whom Trump left at risk of deportation by repealing the DACA program that allowed them to live and work legally in the country.
The Republicans, on the other hand, have the mission of including games for the construction of the wall, which the Democrats also refuse to approve.