Government shutdown averted as Senate approves stopgap funding bill in eleventh hour


After weeks of wrangling, Republican leaders unveiled a stopgap spending bill on December 6 that would fund the government through April 28 at current levels and provide extra money for military operations, flood relief, retired coal miners and President-elect Donald Trump's security. The Republican-controlled House easily passed the continuing resolution (HR 2028) Thursday, by the lopsided margin of 326-96. However, the bill’s fate was cast in doubt when Senate Democrats threatened to hold up a vote over health benefits for retired coal miners. After making a show of support for the miners' cause, Democrats concluded that their concern about the bill wasn't worth shutting down the government and the Senate cleared the stopgap spending bill late in the evening on December 9.