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Senate passes spending bill, moves one step closer to avoiding shutdown

  • The Senate passes a stop-gap spending measure to continue funding the federal government for two weeks just hours after the bill passes the House.
  • Current federal spending levels are maintained until December 22 and the Children's Health Insurance Program is funded through the end of the year.
  • The legislation now moves to the desk of President Donald Trump.

The Senate on Thursday passed a stop-gap spending measure to continue funding the federal government through December 22. The bill prevents a shut-down that would be triggered if Congress fails to pass a spending bill before a deadline of midnight Friday.

The final vote tally was 81 yeas and 14 no votes. The spending bill will now be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature.

The bill maintains current federal spending levels for two weeks, and includes a provision to fund the popular Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through the end of the year.

Once the two-week spending bill is signed, lawmakers will move on to the far more contentious task of passing a longer-term spending bill before December 22, when Thursday's bill expires.

Trump met Thursday with congressional leaders to begin talks on the longer-term bill, known as a continuing resolution. "We're here in the spirit of 'let's get it done,'" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said in the Oval Office.

Trump is expected to sign the spending bill in the next 24 hours.