NOT OUT OF THE WOODS

House Passes Spending Bill With $5 Billion for Border Wall

The House of Representatives passed a government-funding bill Thursday night that includes more than $5 billion for border security, after President Donald Trump indicated he would veto the Senate’s version, which does not include border funds. The House bill, though, is dead on arrival at the Senate, where a 60-vote threshold is required. A partial government shutdown will be triggered Friday night at midnight unless both chambers can agree on a bill that Trump would sign. “For senators to hope that this president is going to all of a sudden sign a bill that does not provide for border security—is not a bet I would take,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), a top Trump ally who met with the president earlier Thursday, told reporters.