House passes temporary spending bill; measure moves to Senate

Posted at 8:00 PM, Dec 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has passed a temporary spending bill to avert a government shutdown by midnight Friday.

Lawmakers bowed to President Trump’s demands and added $5 billion to fund a wall on the U.S. – Mexico border.

Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Trump there were not enough votes in the House to pass his border wall request.

House vote tally on spending bill
A government funding bill that includes $5 billion for a border wall passes in the House

The measure passed by a vote of 217 – 185, and now heads to the Senate. That body is expected to hold a vote Friday afternoon.

If the bill fails in the Senate, funding will expire for a quarter of the federal government.