Senate sends president stopgap spending bill
WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a temporary governmentwide funding bill on Thursday that staves off the risk of a government shutdown through Nov. 21.
The measure would buy additional time for lawmakers to work to unclog a $1.4 trillion bundle of yearly spending bills that is hung up amid fights over President Donald Trump’s border wall and abortion. Those measures face several obstacles and it’s not clear if they’ll pass.
The bill passed by an 82-15 vote and heads to the White House for Trump’s expected signature.
Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations panel approved a measure to kill a $4,500 cost-of-living pay raise for lawmakers that has been blocked since 2009. House leaders in both parties had been trying to orchestrate a maneuver to allow the pay raise to go ahead.