Late Wednesday night, Republicans announced that they will move forward with a short-term spending plan that will keep the government open through May 5th, giving lawmakers a little more time to negotiate a longer-term funding program.
Senator Thad Cochran, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee stated, “We’ve made substantial progress on an agreement to complete the 2017 appropriations process. Let’s pass this new continuing resolution, and make good use of this extra time to enact overdue legislation to provide for national defense and meet our country’s needs.”
The border wall has been one of the main spending actions congressional and White House negotiators have been discussing over the past few weeks to avoid a shutdown. A statement released by Pelosi reassured that the payments would continue stating, “Our major concerns in these negotiations have been about funding for the wall and uncertainty about the CSR payments crucial to the stability of the marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act.” More progress needs to be made on some of our priorities, and we continue to be concerned about poison pill riders that are still in this legislation.”
In regards to the spending on Healthcare, Mulvaney told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Democrats made their request on Obamacare subsidies to late in the negotiation process. Republicans argued that the payments are part of mandatory spending and shouldn’t even be considered in negotiations.
A must-pass spending bill agreed on by both parties is still carefully in the making. President Trump is steadfast in his promise to build the wall though it is still unsure of when it would happen, simply stating, “The wall’s going to get built, folks. In case anybody has any questions, the wall is going to get built.” When asked when, Trump said, “Soon. We’re already preparing. We’re doing plans, we’re doing specifications, we’re doing a lot of work on the wall, and the wall is going to get built.”