House passes funding bill with wall money amidst troop withdrawal signals
December 21, 2018
The House late Thursday passed a bill that would fund the government through early February but included money for the border wall with Mexico that President Donald Trump wanted and the Senate did not include in its bill.
The House vote was 217 to 185, with eight Republicans joining 177 Democrats in opposing the bill. A total of 31 House members did not vote.
A funding bill could avert a partial government shutdown that would include the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration, but whether the House and Senate can reach agreement is unclear. The House and Senate are both scheduled to come into session Friday, the day the current law funding one quarter of the government expires.
But the vote was quickly overwhelmed in the news by reports that Trump, after announcing withdrawal of troops from Syria, plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.