Trump to continue paying Obamacare subsidies, lowering chance of government shutdown

The decision was made in order to lower the chance of government shutdown.

"Our major concerns in these negotiations have been about funding for the [border] wall and uncertainty about the [cost-sharing reduction] payments crucial to the stability of the marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi said in a statement. "We've now made progress on both of these fronts."

At a minimum, this means the administration will continue making the payments until the end of May, when the administration has to provide a status update to a court.

Appropriators are continuing to negotiate in a bipartisan fashion on a catchall spending bill to fund the government through September.

In the event that the House and Senate cannot clear a measure by the midnight Friday deadline, Congress could pass a stopgap measure that funds the government for a week at current levels to give appropriators more time to finish negotiations.

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