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APTOPIX Trump Border Wall

The Capitol is seen under early morning skies in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The House of Representatives approved a spending bill Thursday night that would fund the government through Feb. 8 and contains more than $5 billion for a border wall, one of President Donald Trump's main legislative objectives. 

The legislation, which also included $7.8 billion in disaster aid, passed the House by a 217 to 185 vote. It was a party-line vote, with 217 Republicans supporting the measure. Eight Republicans joined 177 Democrats in opposing the short-term continuing resolution. 

The spending bill was the House's attempt to avoid a government shutdown. If an agreement isn't reached by midnight Friday, there will be a partial government shutdown affecting several federal agencies. 

The Senate passed a separate bill Wednesday that would fund the government through Feb. 8, but it didn't include any money for the border wall. The House was prepared to pass the bill, but Trump said he wouldn't sign it. 

At a White House event Thursday, Trump said any government funding measure must include "border security." 

"It has to," he said. "Not for political purposes, but for our country, for the safety of our community." 

After the president's comments, the House voted on the spending bill with $5.7 billion to construct a wall along the southern border. The legislation won't advance in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim majority. 

New York's nine Republican representatives voted in favor of the spending bill with the border wall funding attached. In a post on her Facebook page, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik explained why she voted for the continuing resolution. 

"I oppose government shutdowns and in Congress have consistently voted to keep government open," she wrote. 

New York Democrats were united in their opposition to the bill. Among those voting against it was U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who will become the House Democratic Caucus chairman when the 116th Congress commences in January. 

Jeffries tweeted Thursday night: "House Republicans to American People: Pay $5 billion RANSOM NOTE for a ridiculous border wall, or we shutdown the government. @HouseDemocrats to House Republicans: Take. A. Hike." 

Here is how the New York House delegation voted: 

YEA - 9

Rep. Chris Collins (R), Rep. Dan Donovan (R), Rep. John Faso (R), Rep. John Katko (R), Rep. Peter King (R), Rep. Tom Reed (R), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R), Rep. Claudia Tenney (R), Rep. Lee Zeldin (R)

NAY - 17

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D), Rep. Eliot Engel (D), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D), Rep. Brian Higgins (D), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D), Rep. Nita Lowey (D), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D), Rep. Grace Meng (D), Rep. Joe Morelle (D), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D), Rep. Jose Serrano (D), Rep. Tom Suozzi (D), Rep. Paul Tonko (D), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D)


Rep. Joseph Crowley (D)

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