Stopgap government funding measure includes census money, military pay raise

Stopgap government funding measure includes census money, military pay raise
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The four-week stopgap government funding measure Congress is expected to pass this week includes a 3.1 percent military pay raise and money for the 2020 census.

“With a government shutdown deadline just days away, this continuing resolution is necessary to keep government open as we work towards completing the appropriations process,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyCongress braces for chaotic December Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings Lawmakers bypass embattled Mulvaney in spending talks MORE (D-N.Y.).

The measure, which the House is expected to take up Tuesday, followed by the Senate, will put off a funding deadline from Nov. 21 until Dec. 20 as appropriators continue haggling over how to spend $1.37 trillion in federal funding, with particular attention to President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE’s requested border wall.

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Trump is expected to sign it into law, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Schumer briefs Democrats on impeachment trial 'mechanics' Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators MORE (R-Ky.).

"The administration indicates the president is willing and ready to sign a clean CR through December 20th so that we can finish our work," McConnell said Monday.

Because the stopgap measure, called a continuing resolution, simply extends previous funding levels, special provisions had to be included to allow the 2020 census to ramp up. 
Senate Republicans have berated Democrats for refusing to allow the defense funding bill to move forward, saying they were denying the troops a pay raise. Democrats blocked the bill's consideration over issues relating to the border wall.

The legislation also adds funding for responding to an Ebola outbreak in Africa, extends several key government health programs, and provides a traditional honorarium to the widow of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsAdam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings Tucker Carlson calls Trump 'full-blown BS artist' in segment defending him from media coverage Elijah Cummings's daughters back former aide over widow in race to fill seat MORE (D-Md.) following his October death.

Last year, disagreements over funding the wall led to a 35-day government shutdown that began just before the Christmas holiday.