Vox Sentences: The government will not shut down (for now)


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Congress staves off a government shutdown for another two weeks; South Carolina cop Michael Slager is sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing Walter Scott; Argentina’s former president is facing arrest.

Crisis (temporarily) averted
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One after the other, the House and the Senate passed a stopgap spending bill today to keep the government funded for the next two weeks. [Politico / John Bresnahan, Sarah Ferris, and Rachael Bade]
In doing so, Congress has put off the possibility of a looming government shutdown, at least for a few more weeks. The next shutdown deadline is a few days before Christmas. [NYT / Thomas Kaplan]
Democrats in the Senate actually have leverage to try to get some of their demands in the end-of-year spending bill, or hold up its progress. And they have a lot of demands, including immigration reform and money for Children’s Health Insurance Program and the opioid crisis. [Vox / Tara Golshan]
While there’s not a lot of appetite for a government shutdown among Democrats, immigration activists in particular have been putting fierce pressure on Democratic senators to oppose any spending bill that doesn’t have what they call a “clean” DREAM Act, a pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers. They also want a bill that doesn’t include money for a border wall or enhanced border security. [Vox / Ella Nilsen]
They’ve already gotten commitment from six liberal Democrats that they’ll oppose a spending bill without the DREAM Act but are trying to get more. Activists …read more

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