House heads toward passage of bill to keep gov't running

President Donald Trump and his aides courted moderate Republican lawmakers on Wednesday on a proposal to overhaul the USA healthcare system as the White House struggled to avoid another embarrassing defeat on a top legislative priority.

But while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was willing to deploy the so-called "nuclear option" to change Senate rules and allow Trump's Supreme Court nominee to advance with a simple majority vote, he and other Republicans have indicated that they are not inclined to lower the voting threshold to overcome a filibuster for legislation.

Vice President Mike Pence hailed the deal at a school choice event at the White House, saying the spending bill that Trump would sign would give "new life and funding" to the Washington, D.C., school voucher program, the only federally funded voucher program in the U.S.

There would be rise in defense spending if the bill gets the approval of the Senate.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria on Tuesday in what the White House called a "very good" phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation. He then said the country needs a good "shutdown" in September "to fix mess".

McCaskill would have opened herself to "the ultimate obstruction charge" by a Republican opponent in 2018 if she'd voted against the budget bill to make a political point - and thus against items important to Missouri, said Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, where she analyzes U.S. Senate and governors' races.

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On Tuesday, however, Trump took to Twitter, angrily reacting to media reports depicting Democrats such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY as winners in the negotiations.

The bill prevents a government shutdown until at least September but does not include many other wins for the party that controls the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Trump had said he would make Mexico pay for the wall, but the Mexican government refused, making it necessary for the new administration to ask Congress for the money.

Before the White House meeting, House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the proposal and said the GOP was getting "extremely close" to finally being able to pass the stalled legislation.

Reps. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., and David Young, R-Iowa, voted in favor of the spending bill, as did Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb. John McCain, Arizona Republican, who voted for the legislation.

In an interview with WHTC radio in Holland, Michigan, Upton, a former chairman and current member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he could not support the latest version of the House GOP plan because he does not believe it does enough to protect people with pre-existing medical conditions - a growing concern among Republicans.

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Many need help doing those jobs, because even with the bipartisan agreement, some agencies remain "woefully underfunded and understaffed", Erwin said.

"[I've] only been a politician for a short period of time", he said.

Republicans hold 52 of the Senate's 100 seats.

"While I am pleased to see increased funding for our men and women in uniform and their critical missions across the globe, this bill fails in a number of ways, including by continuing to fund sanctuary cities, Planned Parenthood, and Obamacare", Cruz said.

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He added that he had denied Democrats the health insurance funding they had sought. The compromise spending package does not provide funds for many of Trump's campaign promises, such as a wall on the United States border with Mexico.

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Earlier in the day, Trump touted the border security funding as a "down payment on the border wall" and also suggested the Democrats had been duped.

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