House OKs short-term spending deal
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is one step closer to avoiding another government shutdown.
Today, the U.S. House approved a short-term spending deal to keep the government open through December 20. Current funding expires Thursday at midnight.
The House and Senate have struggled for months to reach a long-term deal. The debate over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall and the administration’s restriction of Title X funding for Planned Parenthood.
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly voted against the short-term spending plan, arguing Congress needs to pass a traditional, long-term budget that addresses the increasing federal debt and budget deficit.
“Neither party wants to be accused of shutting down the government,” Kelly said. “But neither party wants to fix the debt problem. You can’t have one without the other.”
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson also voted against the short-term spending plan, known as H.R. 3055.
The Senate is expected to vote on this measure by the end of the week.