The Senate has passed a bill to temporarily avoid a partial government shutdown. The Senate passed a Stop Gap Spending Bill to keep the government funded until early February. Without this temporary resolution, more than 800,000 federal employees would have been forced to work without pay, days before the Christmas holiday.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump threatened to allow a partial shutdown if lawmakers failed to provide $5 billion for the US Mexico border wall. The White House then said that there are other ways to pay for the wall. The Stop Gap Bill now heads to the house where it will likely pass, before landing on the President’s desk for signature.