WASHINGTON -

Congress is one step closer to avoiding another government shutdown. 

Today, the U.S. House approved a short-term spending deal to keep the government open through December 20. Current funding expires Thursday at midnight.

 

The House and Senate have struggled for months to reach a long-term deal. The debate over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall and the administration’s restriction of Title X funding for Planned Parenthood.

 

U.S. Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) voted for  the short-term spending plan, arguing Congress and the country cannot afford another government shutdown. Case is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which is tasked with approving each of the 12 individual spending bills before the full House can vote on them.

 

"The House Appropriations Committee has passed out all of our bills," Case explained. "The Senate has not passed many of its bills. There is still a tremendous amount of negotiation still to go. I think it’s tragic that we’re still in this situation.”

 

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) did not vote for the plan, known as H.R. 3055.

 

The Senate is expected to vote on this measure by the end of the week.