Trump Backs Off Another Funding Demand

As President Trump’s latest concession to avoid a government shutdown, the White House has backed off its plan to nix funding for Affordable Care Act cost-sharing payments that benefit lower-income people. The White House had previously backed off its demand for funding for Trump’s desired Mexican border wall, as lawmakers race to come to an agreement before a temporary government-funding bill expires Friday at midnight. Even with control of both houses of Congress, Republicans are expected to only be able to come up with a short-term funding extension, as key policy disputes make up significant cross-partisan roadblocks.