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Government Shutdown 2018: House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Provides $5.7 Billion for Trump's Border Wall

The House passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government through February 8 and provide $5.7 billion in border wall funding with a vote of 217 to 185 Thursday night, a little more than 24 hours before a partial government shutdown will commence.

Zero Democrats voted for the bill while eight Republicans–Justin Amash, Ken Buck, Carlos Curbelo, Will Hurd, Erik Paulsen, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Fred Upton and David Valadao–voted against it. 

The measure was an amended version that the Senate passed Wednesday night, which did not include funding for the wall.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to amend the Senate’s version after the president told House Republicans during a meeting at the White House Thursday afternoon he would veto any spending bill without border wall funding.

The House’s spending bill will now be sent back to the Senate, where it will likely be dead on arrival because Republicans need at least some Democratic support if they hope to overcome the chamber’s 60-vote threshold. Democrats have continued to say they will not provide funding for the wall but would fund other border security measures.  

Speaking to reporters before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump’s “temper tantrum may produce a government shutdown, but it won’t get him his wall.” Next to Schumer was the presumptive incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who added that "maybe if the government shuts down, [Trump] can golf more comfortably.”

The president is set to travel to his private Mar-a-Lago club in south Florida on Friday, just down the road from Trump International Golf Club.  

Earlier this week, it had appeared as though Trump and Republicans were on the same page. The White House, through comments from both the president and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, signaled it would back off previous demands that $5 billion be provided for the wall in order to pass something that would avert a shutdown. But as Thursday unraveled, so did the likelihood that Washington lawmakers would be able to avert a shutdown.

House Freedom Caucus members, the most conservative and loyal Trump allies in the chamber, pressured both Ryan and the president to either include border wall funding or to not support the Senate's version. The pressure seemed to work, as Ryan canceled a scheduled press conference on the matter after meeting with House GOP leaders and reportedly taking a call with the president. 

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