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Democrats to pass suspending bill to avoid government shutdown

ANI | Updated: Dec 20, 2018 20:19 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec 20 (ANI): The Senate on Thursday is going to pass a temporary suspending bill as a short-term measure to avoid the shutdown of the United States government this weekend.
As the federal funding for the operations and agencies of the US government expires on Friday midnight, the Democrats in the Senate are ready to sign the bill, introduced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to keep the federal government working in 2019, NPR.org reported.
"Later this morning, we'll introduce a continuing resolution that will ensure continuous funding for the federal government. The measure will provide the resources necessary to continue normal operations through February 8th," McConnell tweeted.
Minority Leader in the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi too issued a statement in support of the suspending bill. However, it is still unclear whether US President Donald Trump will approve the bill or not.
Meanwhile, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also criticised the suspending bill by saying that why is the Senate opting for short-term funding rather tackling the bigger issues of the State including immigration reform and border security.
"I will allow the President to make the announcements on whether he's signing it or when he signs it, but don't ever bet against Donald Trump and don't ever think that he is backing down or becoming wishy-washy on a central promise to have border security and to build that wall," Conway was quoted as saying.
Previous week on December 11, the US President clearly announced that if the Federal Reserve does not receive an additional help of USD five billion for constructing the border wall, he would be 'proud' to shut down the government. But the Democrat representatives in the Senate, as well as the House of Representatives, opposed the President's statement.
Moreover, if the suspending bill becomes a law, it would suspend the estimations of the federal budget until the day a new US Congress is sworn-in. (ANI)