Up against a midnight deadline to avert a federal government shutdown, Congress approved a short-term spending bill on Friday that will fund the government for five days.
Lawmakers passed the five-day spending bill amid negotiations over a series of policy riders and expiring tax breaks. The Senate passed the temporary funding measure on a voice vote Thursday, and the House followed suit today.
"We're not going to get everything we want in negotiations. The Democrats aren't going to get everything they want in negotiations," said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI,1). "But I believe that we will successfully complete these negotiations."
Republicans want legislation attached to the spending bill to thwart some of the Obama administration's environmental and financial industry regulations. Democrats oppose those GOP efforts and are pushing to lift the ban on gun violence research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"My understanding from them is they need Democratic votes to pass it. So we will have to come to terms to do that," stated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA,12). "Don't expect us to vote for a bill that has a ban in it. Take the ban out."