>> Congress putting off the threat of a government shutdown for now. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where people like to say that when Congress reaches a cliff, they build more land. That's what happened on Friday when the House and the Senate voted to extend federal funding due to expire at midnight, giving themselves another week to come up with a more permanent plan to keep the government's lights on.
That means park rangers, food inspectors, and hundreds of thousands of other federal employees stay on the job, and it avoids a major embarrassment for Trump as he marks his first 100 days in the White House. But it means he's not getting any new money for that border wall any time soon.
Republicans eager to show they can avoid shutdown disasters now that they control all the levers of power in Washington.>> The joint resolution is passed.>> With Friday's votes they're merely putting off the fight until next week. Republicans still hoping to give Trump the $30 billion military spending hike he wants.
The Democrats trying to secure health funding for debt-ridden Puerto Rico, which emerged as a sore spot for Trump in a Reuters interview Thursday in the Oval Office.>> And I don't think it's fair to the people of Wisconsin and Ohio and North Carolina and Pennsylvania that we should be bailing out Puerto Rico.
>> I give him an F for leadership.>> Republicans run the show on Capital Hill but they still need votes from the Democrats who are so far using their leverage to preserve funding for Obamacare and keeping Trump's wall on hold with no money allocated to actually build it.
Republicans also backing of a second effort the repeal and replace Obamacare yet again. An amended version of their plan, giving states more control over health coverage, still short of the needed votes in the House of Representatives. But Congress so far avoiding a repeat of the 2013 shut down, when wide swaths of the federal government were out of commission for 17 days As republicans like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas tried to kill President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
That disruption costing the economy as much as $24 billion, Republicans largely shouldering the blame even though Democrats controlled the Senate and the White House at the time. Congress stepping back from the brink for now, but the one week delay not actually solving any of these issues. Expect the fight to continue over the coming weeks and months.