House, Senate Pass Two-Week Continuing Resolution

On the evening of December 7, both the House (235-193) and Senate have passed a two-week continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown Friday at midnight. President Trump is expected to sign the bill.

The two-week CR leads to a larger battle to settle long-term spending on December 22, when Democrats will want parity between defense and non-defense spending, and republicans will want to increase defense spending with little to no increase for non-defense programs. While the House could pass such legislation without Democratic support, the Senate would require the help of at least eight Democrats, assuming every Republican votes for the spending measure.

Should a Government shutdown occur, the results would not be pretty: Politico estimates nearly 96% of HUD staff would be furloughed.