House passes stopgap bill with $5B in funding for Trump's wall


The House passed a stopgap government-funding measure Thursday night that includes $5.7 billion for President Trump’s wall on the Mexican border and additional security — raising the odds that a shutdown will begin Friday.

Passage of the measure over united Democratic opposition passes the hot potato to the Senate, which is set to consider the bill Friday. The bill is not expected to pass the Senate, where Democrats have rejected money for Trump’s wall.

Parts of the government will shut down on Saturday without a new funding measure.

The bill also includes $8.7 billion in emergency disaster aid. It passed with 217-185 support.

Passage of the bill capped a wild day at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Republicans started the day planning to hold a vote on a stopgap measure approved Wednesday night be the Senate that would have kept the government open through Feb. 8. But they reversed course after Trump said he would not sign that bill.

Conservatives in the House had also rejected the measure, arguing to their leaders that it would be nearly impossible to secure wall funding after Democrats take back the House majority in January.