The resolution H.R. 21 would fund the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Justice, Interior, State, Transportation, and the Treasury through 30 September, while the resolution H.R.1 would fund the Department of Homeland Security through 8 February.
The Trump administration has also threatened to veto a package of short-term spending bills being introduced by US House Democrats in order to end the current government shutdown because they ignore "the Nation’s urgent border security needs."
The US government has been partially shut down since December 22 after Democratic lawmakers refused to meet President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.6 billion to build the controversial wall on the US-Mexico border.
Trump said via Twitter on Thursday that he was willing to cooperate with the Democratic Party on a funding bill that would be beneficial for the United States. The US president also held an impromptu presser Thursday afternoon that included, however, no new announcements. Trump walked into the briefing room alongside border patrol agents and reiterated his position on the need to construct a wall along the southern border with Mexico. Trump also took a moment to congratulate his political rival who is now running the House.
"I just want to start with congratulating Nancy Pelosi by being elected… speaker of the House. It is a very very great achievement," Trump said on Thursday during his first-ever appearance in the White House briefing room.
However, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that the house bills will be dead upon arrival in the upper chamber.
"The Senate will not take up any proposal that does not have a real chance of passing this chamber and getting a presidential signature. Let’s not waste the time," McConnell said in a statement on Thursday. "Let’s not get off on the wrong foot, with House Democrats using their new platform to produce political statements rather than serious solutions."