With time running out, Congress on Friday easily approved a short-term spending bill that would prevent a partial federal government shutdown over the weekend.
But on President Trump’s 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving the Capitol until next week without acting on two of the president’s other main priorities — a GOP health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.
The Senate sent the temporary spending measure to Trump by voice vote after the House approved it by a lopsided 382-30 vote.
The bill keeps the government functioning through next Friday, which leaders hope will give bipartisan bargainers enough time to finish a $1 trillion package financing government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
But in a disappointment for the White House, Trump was destined to serve his 100th day in office — Saturday — without being able to claim victories on health care and a yearlong budget.
The White House had pressured GOP leaders to push legislation replacing ex-President Obama’s health care law through the House this week, in time for Trump to claim bragging rights by the symbolic 100th day. But late Thursday, House leaders abandoned that effort for now after falling short of the votes they would need for passage.
“As soon as we have the votes, we’ll vote on it,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters.
The struggle over both bills was embarrassing to the GOP, which has Trump in the White House and majorities in Congress.
Republicans would have preferred to not be laboring to keep agencies functioning or approve a health care overhaul, the gold standard of GOP campaign promises for the past seven years.