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Lame-Duck Congress Faces Border Wall Funding Deadline

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By    |   Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:05 AM

Congress has less than one month to reach an agreement on funding parts of the federal government, including the money President Donald Trump has demanded for his border wall.

“We need to work this out,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday, according to Reuters. “Seventy-five percent of the government was funded before the end of September.”

But with Democrats soon to take control of the House, the GOP may have a difficult time finding the votes to move a spending bill to the Senate, where Republicans retained their majority. Without a deal, the government would be forced into a partial shutdown when the current funding bill expires on Dec. 7.

“We’re going to do the best we can to try to achieve the president’s priorities and hopefully we will not be headed down that path,” McConnell said.

The agreement that legislators reached in September only allocated temporary funding for certain government services, including the Department of Homeland Security, that ends on December 8. 

According to McConnell, Congress also must reauthorize the farm bill before the newly-elected members are seated, as the programs it put in place are set to end at the end of the year.

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Congress has less than one month to reach an agreement on funding parts of the federal government, including the money President Donald Trump has demanded for his border wall.
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