The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would prevent a government shutdown Friday, setting up a Christmas confrontation over President Trump’s border wall.
The legislation, which passed 231 to 192, extends government funding through Dec. 20. It must pass the Senate and be signed by Trump before midnight Thursday. If not, government funding would lapse, causing many agencies to begin to shutter operations and furlough staff.
The Senate is expected to move on the legislation before the deadline. A senior administration official stated Tuesday that Trump is presumed to sign the bill. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of an official announcement.