- The Senate passes a bill to keep the government running into February.
- President Donald Trump does not indicate whether he will sign it, which complicates the House’s effort to approve the legislation.
- Trump and his conservative allies want funding for the president’s proposed border wall in the year-end spending plan.
- Just last week, Trump said he’d be “proud” to shut down the government over border security funding,
Fears about a partial government shutdown grew Thursday as President Donald Trump left the door open to vetoing a short-term spending bill expected to pass Congress.
The Senate has approved a bill to keep the government running through Feb. 8. But it was unclear Thursday morning whether the House would pass it — or if Trump would sign it — ahead of the midnight Friday deadline to keep the government running. Some GOP members pushed for changes to the legislation, such as Trump’s desired $5 billion to fund his border wall or more disaster relief money.
The president will meet with House Republicans at noon Thursday as lawmakers scramble to find a way forward, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Trump “does not want to go further without border security, which includes steel slats or a wall.” Trump started to make “steel slats” synonymous with a “wall” Thursday morning, though he has previously promised his supporters to “build a wall” and make Mexico pay for it.