GOP Leader McCarthy: House Will Have the Votes to Pass Spending Bill WITH Border Wall Funding Tonight

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed Thursday evening that the House will have the votes to pass the new interim bill WITH the border wall funding later tonight.

President Trump lit Congress up earlier Thursday when he dug in his heels and refused to sign a stopgap spending bill passed by the Senate Wednesday night that excluded the $5 billion for the border wall.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) confirmed Thursday that the House will add $5 billion in funding for border security plus additional money for disaster relief to the current interim bill after President Trump refused to sign the bill that came from the Senate last night.

The House then decided to vote on a “rule” which establishes how the House will consider the underlying bill. The rule establishes parameters of debate for the spending bill. If the House defeated the rule, the retooled plan to fund government and the wall would have been toast, says Fox News Congress reporter, Chad Pergram.


The House overcame a procedural hurdle and voted 221-279 to approve the “rule” which allows the measure to come to the floor.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says the House will have the votes to pass the interim spending bill WITH the wall funding later tonight.

The bill will then go to the Senate.

The Senate is out for the day and will not come back until Friday at noon ET.

The State Department has already been directed to prepare for a shutdown, reports FOX News.

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