Pulling the plug: Will Trump sign a spending bill while impeachment marches on?

Published Oct 28, 2019. By Matthew Brown.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is expected this week to finally start tackling bills that will fund the government in 2020.

But the ongoing impeachment probe and border wall standoff between Democrats and the White House have cast a cloud of uncertainty over prospects that Congress and the administration will approve a spending plan and avoid a government shutdown before the holidays.

This is all happening at a crucial time,” says Bob Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan fiscal policy advocacy organization. “If you’re going to have some sort of cooperation on the budget, you’re not going to be negotiating appropriations bills while you’re trying the president for removal from office.”