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Paul Ryan Hopes for Spending Bill Vote Thursday

Paul Ryan Hopes for Spending Bill Vote Thursday
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By    |   Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:07 AM EDT

This week's race to keep the government funded will likely come down to the wire, with a new report claiming the House won't pass a spending bill until Thursday — which would give the Senate one day to vote on the bill ahead of the Friday night deadline.

According to Politico, House Speaker Paul Ryan told members of the Republican Party that his chamber will pass the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill on Thursday. The timing would allow Senate opponents of the bill to delay a vote on it, which could lead to the third government shutdown this year.

Three main topics, according to Politico, are holding up the legislation before it makes its way to the House floor: money for a border wall between the United States and Mexico, $900 million to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York City, and the Department of Justice's ongoing Russia investigation. 

Another issue involves improved background checks for gun purchases. Republicans favor that, while Democrats want stronger gun control measures overall.

Immigration has been a central theme of the recent spending battles. The Trump administration wants to build a bigger border wall and would like more money to increase border security. Democrats have pushed back on those and instead want to see the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients protected from deportation.

If lawmakers are unable to pass a spending bill in both chambers by Friday night, President Donald Trump won't have anything to sign and the government will be shut down. 

A report last week claimed the spending bill will likely continue funding sanctuary cities and abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

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This week's race to keep the government funded will likely come down to the wire, with a new report claiming the House won't pass a spending bill until Thursday - which would give the Senate one day to vote on the bill ahead of the Friday night deadline.
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