House votes Tuesday to keep the government open

The House plans to vote Tuesday on a Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 20th.

The C.R. will provide the following:

  • 3.1 percent military pay raise.
  • Provide more funds to the Commerce Department to gear up for the 2020 census .
  • Allow state highway programs to avoid a $7.6 billion cut this summer.
  • No funding for Trump’s Wall.


The legislation appears to face little resistance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that the White House “indicates [President Donald Trump] is willing and ready to sign a clean CR through December the 20th so that we can finish our work.”

McConnell added that “we need to buy more time” to finish funding the government. Current funding expires Nov. 21.


What has not received the attention it deserves is the C.R will renew three expiring surveillance provisions through March; the big one is the controversial Patriot Act:


(a) Section 102(b)(1) of the USA PATRIOT Im- provement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (50 U.S.C. 1805 note) is amended by striking ‘‘December 15, 2019’’ and inserting ‘‘March 15, 2020’’.

(a) Section 6001(b)(1) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (50 U.S.C. 1801 note) is amended by striking ‘‘December 15, 2019’’ and insert- ing ‘‘March 15, 2020’’.

Appropriations Bill:

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