After days of zero movement, things are coming together for a short-term government spending resolution process that could start as soon as today.
The plan: Senate Republicans have drafted a stop-gap funding bill which would fund the 25 percent of the government that runs out of money on Dec. 21. The new shut down deadline would be Feb. 8, sources say.
Where Democrats stand: Senate Democrats are prepared to back the proposal, which could ostensibly move through the Senate as soon as Wednesday, sources say.
Where the President stands: There’s one obvious potential problem — President Trump hasn’t publicly signed off on a stop-gap plan that doesn’t give him any semblance of the $5 billion wall request.
Senate GOP aides were comfortable he’d be on board with the proposal. It is more or less the only game in town, and the President has been advised repeatedly that a shutdown, particularly given his planned departure for Mar-a-Lago at the end of this week, would be a PR battle he simply could not, and would not, win.
The bottom line: All that said, when it comes to spending bills, nothing’s a done deal 'til the President puts his signature on the bill.