The US short-term spending bill: how did the media coverage compare?
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The US short-term spending bill: how did the media coverage compare?

January 19, 2018

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US House passes short-term spending bill before Friday deadline; bill moves to Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill on Thursday night that, if approved by the Senate and signed into law, would fund the government until Feb. 16. If the bill is not signed by the president before midnight on Friday, a government shutdown is scheduled to go into effect.

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Top Spin Words

  • Muddle

    The president caused a minor muddle on Thursday morning when he tweeted: “CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!” (BBC)

  • Sows confusion

    Trump sows confusion as Republicans scramble to avert shutdown (BBC)

  • Dicey

    Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he’s confident that the GOP-controlled House will pass a stopgap government-wide funding bill, even as growing opposition from Senate Democrats made prospects in that chamber increasingly dicey. (AP)

  • Abhorred

    Also imaginable: lawmakers working over the weekend with a shutdown underway — watched by a public that has demonstrated it has abhorred such standoffs in the past. (AP)

  • Barreled

    A divided Congress barreled toward a possible election-year government shutdown Thursday, facing showdown votes in the House and Senate to keep federal offices open and hundreds of thousands of workers on the job. (AP)

  • Not much rosier

    In the Senate, the picture for Republicans is not much rosier. (Fox News)

  • Scramble

    Republicans and Democrats scrambled Thursday to avoid a government shutdown with a short-term spending bill to keep the government open heading to the House and Senate — but possibly lacking vital support in both chambers. (Fox News)

    Trump sows confusion as Republicans scramble to avert shutdown (BBC)

  • Arm-twisting

    Ryan (R-Wis.) expressed confidence that the bill would pass, though Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) predicted that GOP leaders would come up short despite last-minute arm-twisting on the House floor. (The Washington Post)

  • Stare down

    The political calculation from Republicans appears to be to stare down Democrats and see if they are prepared to vote against extending children’s health insurance over the issue of illegal immigrants. (Fox News)

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The Washington Post

“GOP lawmakers had spent the morning trying to make sense of several early-morning tweets by Trump that seemed to contradict Republicans’ legislative strategy.”

Trump posted several tweets about CHIP and the potential government shutdown on Thursday morning. Some Republicans commented on them.

FOX News

“Republicans and Democrats scrambled Thursday to avoid a government shutdown with a short-term spending bill to keep the government open heading to the House and Senate — but possibly lacking vital support in both chambers.”

Lawmakers worked Thursday on a government spending bill. Without a bill in place, the government is scheduled to shut down at midnight on Friday.

BBC News

“Another conservative lawmaker vented his frustration with Mr Trump.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina said, “we don’t have a reliable partner at the White House to negotiate with.”

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