WASHINGTON D.C. — Just hours before a government shutdown was to take place, the United States Congress has passed H.J. Res. 99, which extends the deadline to reach a budget deal one week to 11:59 p.m. on May 5. The resolution still has to be signed by the President, which is expected to happen this afternoon.
The resolution provides for the federal government to stay open for at least another week while congressional leaders and the White House work out the final details of a budget. One of the large issues was the resistance of Congress to include funding for President Trump’s border wall, which congressional sources indicate will not be included in the final version.
The continuing resolution passed the House overwhelmingly, and was subsequently passed by the Senate using a voice vote. It is now sent to the White House to get a signature from the President before it takes effect.