UPDATE (5:51 PM EDT): Trump has signed the Continuing Resolution into law. The likely government shutdown is averted until close to Christmas.
WASHINGTON — Congress gave ultimate approval on Thursday to a temporary spending bill that would push the threat of a government shutdown to just before Christmas, installing up a potential clash over federal spending just as the House could be considering whether to impeach President Trump.
Hours before funding was set to terminate on Thursday, the Senate voted to suspend the spending fight, approving a measure to extend funding through Dec. 20 for all federal government departments and agencies, as well as a number of health care and community programs. That deadline sets up a potentially climactic series of votes in late December, when lawmakers could be considering impeachment articles against Mr. Trump while scrambling to prevent a holiday season government shutdown.
Lawmakers remain divided over subsidizing Mr. Trump’s signature promise to build a wall at the southern border — the same issue that led to the pre-Christmas government shutdown nearly a year before, which extended into January and became the nation’s longest. By a vote of 74 to 20, the Senate agreed to the temporary measure, haunted by the consequences of the 35-day shutdown that lasted into January. The measure received a slim bipartisan majority in the House earlier this week. It will now go to the president, who is expected to sign it later Thursday.