The House of Representatives have approved the spending bill meant to fund most of the federal government into the month of February next year,which includes $5.7billion for the president’s border wall.
The number of voting Democrats was however increased from 177 to 185, when eight Republicans joined all 177 voting Democrats,to oppose the measure, which passed 217-185.
The Senate will now receive the bill, whose passage is still uncertain as it falls short of the 60 votes needed, since the chamber’s 49 Democrats are seriously against funding the wall.
With this development,it is likely that part of the federal government, including nine out of the fifteen cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies may shut down operations at midnight,Friday.
The vote may have been necessitated following Trump’s statement to GOP leaders that he would not enact a senate-passed package that doesn’t include funds for the border wall.
The Conservative House Freedom Caucus members, whose leaders have urged the president not to relent in his struggle for border wall security issued a statement, ” Republicans in Congress have continually told the American people that we would fight for wall funding, and today the House of Representatives took its first step toward fulfilling that promise. The Senate must follow our lead. It’s time we do what we said and work with President Trump and the American people to secure our borders.”
The President in a swift reaction congratulated Republican members in a tweet late Thursday, saying ” I’m so proud of you all”
” Thank you to our GREAT Republican members of Congress for your VOTE to fund border security and the wall,” he wrote. ” The final numbers were 217-185 and many have said that the enthusiasm was greater than they have ever seen before …. Now on to the Senate!”
The President took a jab at the House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, in a subsequent tweet, saying “Nancy does not have to apologize,” Trump said. “All I want is GREAT BORDER SECURITY!”
The House Minority leader was quoted to have said ” Republicans didn’t have the votes for Border Security”, which prompted the statement above from the President.