Democrats and Republicans have come to an agreement to keep the government open. They’ve agreed to a continuing resolution until February.
The president has backed off his demand for $5 billion for a border wall but a solution has yet to be found.
Days before the deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown lawmakers find a solution, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a continuing resolution that keeps the government open.
“The measure will provide the resources necessary to continue normal operations through February the eighth,” said McConnell.
“I’m glad the leader thinks the government should not shut down over the president’s demand for a wall and Democrats will support this,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.
“If we can’t resolve it now because of the holidays, let’s pass a continuing resolution and continue to debate this issue in January,” said Democratic Maryland Senator Ben Cardin.
The White House dialed back their calls for a shutdown without $5 billion for a border wall, but that doesn’t mean the president is backing down from an essential promise.
President Trump will have to sign off on any measure the House and Senate pass, but resolving to pay for the wall still looks to be a challenge.
“In January when everyone returns from vacation, the Democrats will be in control of Congress and this negotiation will only be more difficult than it is now,” said George Washington University Professor Lara Brown.
Pennsylvania Republican Senator Patrick Toomey still thinks Congress can agree on border security.
“We can argue about the exact amount of money. We can argue about how exactly it gets spent but physical and technological border security measures are reasonable and appropriate.” Toomey said.
In January, the debate over border security will resume when Congress does.
Iowa Congressman David Young is heading back to Washington to cast one of his final votes after losing a re-election bid.
He said compromise is good but solving border security is essential.
“I’m hoping we can get a compromise. I don’t like shutdowns, but at the same time, I want to make sure we have a good bill and that we are meeting our border security requirements. It’s a big issue; it’s important to the president, myself and folks on both sides of the aisle really do care about border security it’s a matter of the funding,” Young said.
Young is being replaced when the new Congress gets sworn in next year. Democrat Congresswoman-elect Cindy Axne will be representing Iowans in the 3rd district.