After the Senate voted to pass a stopgap spending bill just hours before an imminent shutdown, President Donald Trump signed the temporary spending bill that will keep the government operational through December 20.
The bill keeps the government going for several more weeks, but Congress will soon have to grapple over plans for a long-term spending deal.
The temporary spending bill passed through the House and passed the Senate with a 74-20 vote. Among other items, the bill will cover a 3.1 percent pay raise for military members.
Even though this prevents a government shutdown, Republicans are getting frustrated with the inability of Congress to lockdown an actual long-term budget.
That frustration was fairly evident in the House, where the bill only garnered the support of 12 Republicans.
Back to business
As has been the case in the past, the major measure that continues to be a roadblock for agreeing on an actual budget is the funding for the border wall.
Democrats refuse to budge an inch, which is why it is so important for Republicans to take control of the House next year.
As it stands now, the impeachment inquiry is dominating everyone’s time and because of the inquiry, there is no time for those in Congress to do their actual jobs.
Another example of this is the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that has been sitting on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) desk for months while she refuses to take it to the floor for a vote.
Now, Pelosi is saying that the critical trade deal may not see the floor until next year.
The American people have been putting up with this partisan obstruction for more than two full years. Our wellbeing and prosperity continues to be put on the back burner while Democrats try to take back the White House.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has regularly called out this major problem and has pleaded with Schiff to stop the impeachment “circus” so the Intelligence Committee and all of Congress can get back to the real work they were elected to do.