Congressional leaders agreed on Tuesday a budget of 1.01 billion dollars to fund the federal government until October 2015 and ruled an administrative closure as last year.
Thursday is the last day for both houses approves this measure and prevents administrative paralysis who wanted to force the ultra-conservative Tea Party Republicans in retaliation for immigration relief for about 5 million undocumented immigrants.
“The law will be passed before we leave this week,” said the leader of the Republican minority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell.
“There is no reason for the government to have to close, and are prepared to pass this law and make sure that does not happen” in the same sense the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Harry Reid ruled.
This bill will fund all government agencies to September 2015, except the Department of Homeland Security (with jurisdiction over immigration), which only covers up to 27 February with a mechanism called “continuing resolution” that expires then.
Republicans, who in January will have the absolute control of Congress, have thus managed to gain time to trace their legislative strategy in response to the decision by President Barack Obama to use his executive power to regulate over 5 million immigrants.
This law, 1,603 pages, includes provision of US $ 5.400 million to stop Ebola and US $ 64.000 billion for military operations abroad, including combating Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq and helping European countries facing the threat of Russia.
In total, provides US $ 521,000 million in military spending and US $ 492,000 million to finance other federal agencies, and does not incorporate additional items for Obama care.
It is anticipated that the House vote on Thursday, leaving the Senate only a few hours to address the law.
In the event that the vote is delayed, lawmakers have already explained that there are mechanisms to extend funding for a few days until the law is passed and avoid an administrative paralysis.
Senate leaders gave for granted the approval of the bill this week, while the leader of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, was more cautious.
“Until we review the final language we cannot determine whether House Democrats support the bill, but I hope,” he said in a statement.