The House late Thursday approved a short-term funding bill that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 22, providing more time for both parties to negotiate with President Trump on a full fiscal 2018 spending deal.
The bill would keep the federal government open past Friday, when funding expires, and it passed the House shortly after Republican and Democratic leaders met with the president to start discussing a long-term deal.
Republicans are hoping these short-term bills give leaders and the White House time to negotiate a final deal that can pass the Senate, where some Democrats will need to be on board in order for the bill to pass.
Democrats also want a long-term funding deal that lifts federally imposed spending caps, they said, although Republicans have argued Democrats walked away from those negotiations by insisting on the inclusion of Dreamer legislation, which would legalize young people who arrived in the United States illegally as children.
On the other side, Republicans want to ensure a final spending bill for 2018 includes tough border security measures and funding for Trump's border wall, something Democrats flatly reject.