The quick action in the
The stopgap bill would not address Trump's long-promised wall along the
It was not clear whether Trump would back this approach, but a Republican aide said the
The bill approved Thursday was the first of three spending measures
Passage was so important to Republican leaders that they moved up the
Approval of the spending bill marked a departure from recent years, when
The three compromise spending plans, if passed by
"This package is not perfect, but that is the nature of compromise," said
Leahy said he was concerned that the bill did not do enough to cover costs associated with a program that allows veterans to receive government-paid health care at private facilities.
"House Republican priorities were shut out across the board," said Walker, R-
Ryan said the bill includes money for veterans' health care, military infrastructure, the electrical grid and nuclear weapons programs, and "represents a return to our most basic responsibility around here: passing appropriation bills."
While generally upbeat about the progress on spending legislation, lawmakers from both parties are wary of a government shutdown, which Trump has threatened unless he gets billions of dollars for the wall.
"We still are in favor of the wall, we still want to get funding for the wall, but we think the best time to have that discussion is after the election," Senate Majority Leader
Even so, Trump held out the possibility of a shutdown, citing the need to protect the nation's border by following through on his signature campaign promise.
"If it happens, it happens," Trump said last week. "If it's about border security, I'm willing to do anything."
The three-bill bundle includes:
The bill would require
The bill omits several partisan policy riders approved by the House, including one that would have repealed an Obama-era clean water rule and another to limit spillovers at dams in the