Senate Makes Deal On $1.7T Spending Bill

  • Senators agreed early Thursday on a series of votes setting up passage of a $1.7 trillion spending bill as legislators hurry to avoid a partial government shutdown and get out of Washington before a massive winter storm hits the capital.
  • “If we can keep this process moving, then we can finish in time for members and staff to get home for Christmas safely before the blizzard wreaks havoc across much of the country,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on the Senate floor Thursday.
  • The measure’s progress had been stalled over a proposed extension to the Trump-era Title 42 immigration policy, with lawmakers remaining at the Capitol until 2 a.m. attempting to hammer out a deal.