JUST IN: Senate avoids shutdown, approves temporary spending bill (video)


Thursday evening, lawmakers voted to pass a temporary two-week funding bill a day ahead of their deadline, avoiding the threat of a government shutdown.

The House passed the measure in a 235-193 vote. Soon after, the Senate approved the measure as well, in an 81-14 vote. Now they have until just before Christmas (Dec. 22) to approve a larger budget deal.

President Trump met with the four major congressional leaders at the White House Thursday afternoon – House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer – in an attempt to bring unity over negotiations for a new budget.

“We’re all here as a friendly, well-unified group. It’s a well-knit-together group of people, [at that, Vice President Pence gave a chuckle] and we hope we’re going to make some great progress for our country, I think that will happen,” President Trump said Thursday afternoon.

Pelosi is insisting Democrats will not concede without protection for the illegal alien “Dreamers.”

“We will not leave here without a DACA fix,” she declared.

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