Trump wants short-term spending bill to keep government running through March

Posted at 9:52 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 10:52:34-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans leaders say President-elect Donald Trump wants a short-term spending bill to keep the government running through March of next year.

The current stopgap spending bill runs out in less than a month, on Dec. 9. House and Senate negotiators are working on a bill they could pass before leaving for the holidays.



House Republicans met Thursday behind closed doors with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Speaker Paul Ryan told them the new administration prefers a four-month extension of spending.

Such a move would let the Republican-controlled government boost military spending while making deep cuts in domestic programs next year.