House Averts Government
Shutdown With Passing of
$1.4 Trillion Spending Deal.
17, the United States House of Representatives
voted to approve a $1.4 trillion spending deal to fund
the government through the 2020 fiscal year.
Their decision came just days ahead of the
20 deadline, preventing what many feared
would be another government shutdown.
At this time last year, Congress failed
to agree on funding, which resulted in the
longest government shutdown in US history.
Included in the $1.4 trillion spending deal is $1.37 billion
for border barriers, $425 million for election-security grants
and $1.5 billion for preventative opioid crisis grants.
$25 million is allocated for gun-violence research,
marking the first time in 20 years that Congress has
appropriated money for such research.
Military and civilian federal workers will also see
a 3.1 percent pay raise if approved by the Senate.
Lawmakers also agreed on an added provision that would
prevent anyone younger than 21 from buying tobacco products.
White House counselor Kellyanne
Conway said Donald Trump is
“poised to sign” the legislation
once it reaches his desk.