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 LoweyHouse revives agenda after impeachment storm On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees House Democrats unveil .35B Puerto Rico aid bill 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 TrumpSenate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial Collins breaks with GOP on attempt to change impeachment rules resolution Roberts admonishes House managers, Trump lawyers after heated exchange 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 McConnellSenate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial Collins breaks with GOP on attempt to change impeachment rules resolution Roberts admonishes House managers, Trump lawyers after heated exchange 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 CummingsBaltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel 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.