Shutdown Averted For Now: House Approves 2-Week Extension Of Government Funding

Tyler Durden's picture

Update (5 pm ET):

And so the can has been kicked again, if only for only 2 weeks. Despite a laundry list of demands from Democrats and Republicans who appeared ready to cut off government funds, a majority of the House has voted to approve a two-week extension of government spending, a modest legislative achievement that will allow Republicans to focus on their top priority: Passing comprehensive tax reform.

House Republicans managed to pass the legislation on their own in the 235-193 vote, despite often coming short of securing a majority of the majority on measures to keep the government open in recent years, the Hill reorted.

The spending patch through Dec. 22 gives lawmakers time to negotiate a bipartisan budget deal, although it is unclear just how another 14 days will help when the two parties are unwilling to negotiate and compromise. At that time, Which is why, Congress is expected to pass another short-term patch so that appropriators can craft a spending package to keep federal agencies funded through the rest of the 2018 fiscal year.

“I think it's kind of just basic governing is keeping government going while we negotiate the final details,” said Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Ahead of Thursday’s vote, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made clear that Democrats wouldn’t support the two-week stopgap. Pelosi emphasized that Democrats don’t want to see a government shutdown, but couldn’t support Thursday’s bill because it doesn’t include their priorities like protections for young undocumented immigrants, funding for the opioid crisis and relief for communities affected by recent natural disasters.

“This is a waste of time,” Pelosi said at a press conference in the Capitol quoted by The Hill.

The Senate is expected to easily clear the two-week stopgap measure as early as Thursday evening.

And with that out of the way, check back in 2 weeks to see how the government kicks the can yet again.

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In an announcement that brings the federal government to the verge of a weekend shutdown, Nancy Pelosi said Democrats won’t support a Republican bill for a two-week funding extension because almost none of their demands have been met.

Speaker Paul Ryan, appearing at the same podium just minutes after Pelosi left it, said he’s optimistic the Republicans can win the GOP support to pass their CR on Thursday, the Hill reported. “I feel good where we are,” Ryan said. “It’s kind of basic governing.”

According to Bloomberg, the bill is a “waste of time” that doesn’t include funding for combating the opioid crisis, among other priorities like enshrining DACA provisions into law, something Pelosi has said must happen before the end of the year.

Pelosi added that she hopes she and Chuck Schumer, her counterpart in the Senate, can work out a deal suitable to both parties when they meet with President Donald Trump later today.

The House Rules committee last night approved a rule change to allow Republican leaders to bring the bill to a vote Thursday.

The two party leaders wasted no time blaming one another for the precarious situation:

The parties quickly pointed fingers across the aisle to blame the other for the impasse.

“We were concerned when the president started mocking the meeting and saying there’d be no deal,” Pelosi said Thursday. “And we thought, ‘Well, if you’re not ready to talk, then we’re not ready to come.'"

Ryan had a decidedly different take.

“When they walked away from the table, that cost us weeks,” he said.

The decision on a stopgap bill with a Dec. 22 end-date came after Ryan and his leadership team held discussions on overall budget strategy with the leaders of the restive House Freedom Caucus. A formal check of how members would vote came back showing widespread support, said Representative Dennis Ross, a member of the vote-whipping team.

As we pointed out yesterday, the continuing resolution that's been funding the government for the last two months, and yet many battles over a host of intractable issues are still being fought. At this point, passing something by midnight Friday - when the continuing resolution expires -is looking increasingly problematic.

As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, GOP lawmakers are also divided over when to tackle the Dreamers issue.

President Donald Trump in September ended an Obama-era program shielding the children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, with the protections beginning to expire in early March, giving Congress six months to pass legislation protecting them.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture


Nobody is paying attention to these whores.

Every wealthy person on the planet wants to throw some money into Bitcoin.

We are all simply too scared and greedy not to.

With Bitcoin we can move essentially unlimited amounts of wealth, anywhere in the world, securely.

The problem they are facing, now, is that Bitcoin and Bitcoin sellers are getting scarce!

PS:  Don't forget to set your charts to logarithmic, lest you freak out and sell to early.

NoDebt's picture


Go on, shut the fucker down.  You act as if that's some kind of threat or something.  See if I give a shit.  I think can get by OK without visiting a national park for a while.


knukles's picture

Shut it down.  For a long long time

Ain't it amazing the crap they pull.  While 75%  of the Federalies keep working, they go and close parks gates as well as scenic view outside the parks.
Public Servants My Ass

SWRichmond's picture

Stop finding federal programs.  Please.  All of them.  Now.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Maybe there is something wrong with me, but I just want to see this financial and political system burn.

chunga's picture

No, nothing wrong with you. I consider that a patriotic duty. Nothing improves until that happens, a little trimming here or there won't work. It all has to be thrown in the lake of fire.

MK13's picture

The problem with gov shutdowns and follow through resolutions - kabuki theater - Federales get time off and they get paid for being off!!

Federales are doing cartwheels hoping for shutdown over Christmas and New Year, free paid for holidays!!!

pods's picture

The Feds use this whole shutdown thing to impress upon us how important they are to us. That is why they shut down federal parks and all the fun stuff we enjoy, yet all the important warring and dirty subversive shit around the world continues unabated.

Each side wants to show us just how much they are fighting for us.  In reality, this shit is one big theater production. They don't need a dime in funding from any of us peons. They can get all they want from the FED via a couple keystrokes.

Did you ever notice that every single time a CR comes up for a vote it fails miserably?  Then, right when all the $$ they set aside is about to dry up, voila, a deal is met that makes everyone happy.  The government keeps doing what it wants, and the people all see how hard their "representatives" fought for them.  It's bullshit all the way around.  

They will NEVER actually shut down the government.  Because they know that most people wouldn't notice. And that scares the shit out of them. Reminds me of the Adam Sutler line in V where he has to remind everyone "why they need us."  Same shit here.  Just that this is real life and not a movie.


Meat Hammer's picture

You know, I was just about to agree with you pods, but then I thought about it for a little bit longer and realized that these people DO actually think that the nation would crumble without them and they DO actually think this threat of shutting down the government is going to scare people, and rightfully so in their minds. I think these people truly have a God complex, and that is probably the #1 reason why they are so dangerous. We are to worship them, and they will close down places like natural parks with beautiful views just to punish us. They are pure evil, because that’s what power does to the human soul.

RafterManFMJ's picture

And by ‘the nation’ he means Israel.

Utopia Planitia's picture

Exactly right.  The few who are temporarily furloughed always get back pay for their "service interruption" after the event is over.  What could be a better deal - for them? For you, you just get a Big $$Bill$$ at the end of the party.

nmewn's picture

OMG! Not a government shutdown!

Now if this happens, I want everyone to pay close attention to who is furloughed as "non-essential personnel" and then we should shitcan when government opens back up cuz..."non-essential" has meaning  ;-) 

chunga's picture

If the maverick outsider wanted to "energize his base" he'd do well to state his intention to do just that. Or even better, don't bother stating it, just do it.

Meat Hammer's picture

The entire entity is you already know.

hongdo's picture

I used to think that burning down the financial and political systems would burn down everything and we would all die  I don't think that so much anymore.

pods's picture

I think there are more and more people like you. They are realizing that the government doesn't really "help" them that much in their day to day lives.

And then there are people like me, who wouldn't mind dying because of a shut down/collapse if it meant a chance at real freedom for my progeny.


MonetaryApostate's picture

More money for us is the only language those wealthy robbers speak, drops the mic....


Beowulf55's picture

Jesus H Christ.......where have you people been the last 30-50 years..........if shutdown after shutdown over the last 50 years hasn't proved that point that 90% of government programs are not essential and are a waste of money then you have not been paying attention.


Shut the fucker down........and no one will notice any change.............


Bet they keep the IRS open though......


90% of spending by government is wasted money to fatten the pockets of the politicians and their psychopathic followers.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Congressional theater. We all know they will print billions more in USD.

USD isn't a bubble though.

Only Bitcoin is a bubble.

847328_3527's picture

I sold my Tulips just before that crashed. Thank goodness!


Timing is everything.

TheRunningMan's picture

EBT would be a fabulous place to start!  Watch the takers go nuts...

Consuelo's picture



Sorry, can't help it...  Every time I turn around, I seem to find a new one...

darkstar7646's picture

And when your head gets bashed in with a baseball bat from someone about to die as a result, I don't wanna hear it.

chunga's picture

Then who will do essential things like put up satanic exhibits in federal courthouses? This is where the kangaroo trial of the Bundys has been taking place. Utterly bizarro. Apparently nobody is taking credit for this, it just happened.

Satanic Exhibit in the Vegas Courthouse *Graphic Warning*

FORD_FIESTA's picture

Shut it down,,,,pink slip 90 percent of the gov workers and do not re-open for at least a year....

Total fucking idiots running this country....

curbjob's picture

First should be the military, right ? ... let them find their own way home.

They haven't won anything in 70 years worth paying for.

Defiant1968's picture

Agree - Military needs to find their way home with no pay - When I was in the military we did escape and evasion training - if they don't make it back - Stuff Happens - we all have to die sometime - I'm sure I could have made it home from Vietnam in 1968 - 

Our great Military has not won a war since Grenada - they had a battalion of Cuban troops and we whoop there ass - Even had to send Clint Eastwood to finally win




Moe Howard's picture

I take offense at your history. We kicked ass in Just Because aka Panama Invasion.

As for me, I always carried cash and a passport while deployed.

CJgipper's picture

They haven't been ALLOWED to win anything in 70 years that was worth paying for.

Mr. Universe's picture

Well we have beaten the crap out of all those weddings, 8 or so at last count. Those women and children never knew what hit 'em. Hoo Rah!

FreeMoney's picture

The total idiots are the ones voting...they think it counts.

Juggernaut x2's picture

This is just the Satanist's Black Mass continuation of the LV shooting 

847328_3527's picture

Odd MSM stopped covering that massacre. Confirms in my mind the killer was a leftie or otherwise the MSM would still be headling it.

chunga's picture

Same with the guy who supposedly acted alone blasting everybody out the hotel window...right down the nowhere hole it went.

Mr. Universe's picture

When the narrative falls apart, down the rabbit hole it goes, as in "I wonder where that went?"'s picture

Satanic Exhibit in the Vegas Courthouse *Graphic Warning*


Awesome art...preps the perps for what's to come in the JUST US legal system.

drendebe10's picture

Fukemall. Every single corrupt elected political turd needs its skin sand papered off then buried in salt Fukem & all thr fukn gubmnt bureaucratic turds Fukemall

Kulafarmer's picture

Public SELF servants more like,
Excluding military government workers are a bunch of turds

Gead's picture

We used to use a phrase in the oil fields... "shut 'er down Virgil, she's a-suckin' mud". Seems swamp-appropriate right now.

Nobody For President's picture

It does not matter what % of gubernmint is shut down, nothing important to the Deep State will be. 

AND the pay 'lost' during the 'shut down' of those gubernmint turds that actually get 'shut down' is restored retroactivly - ever time.

Almost all ZHers get this is theater, why do the mainstream sheeple continue to go with the fake narrative?

(That's a retorical question, btw.)

DavidC's picture

Too darned tight knukles.

It's absolutely fucking pathetic - my use of that word indicating how they will NEVER take a hard decision. Weak, all of them.


redmudhooch's picture

Shut the motherfucker down, not like they do anything good for America.

HardAssets's picture

Lots of national forests out of there if you can get by without a concession stand and a store selling wildlife theme t-shirts (made in China).

trippy64's picture

As if there ever is really a "shut-down." These are all theatre

chubbar's picture

The libtards would rather fight for illegals than their own legally voting, US consituents. Everyone just keep that in mind in the next few election cycles. The libtards could not care less what happens to you or me, it's all about the illegals!

If the GOP concede any fucking thing on DACA they had better have their bags packed. NO AMNESTY!!!!

Moe Howard's picture

If they pass DACA, Trump better veto it.

Send them home, Make Mexico Great Again!

you_are_cleared_hot's picture

Could not have said it better! when the world ends because there is no functioning government - I'll be just me.

P-51 Stiletto's picture

If the gob'mint is shut down, who is going to stop you from visiting a national park?