Congress needs to pass this stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown on December 9. This is a very inefficient way to run a government, but at the end of the day the government needs money to function. An extension of this length gives the Trump administration a chance to draft and pass its own budget next year.
Aside from the fact that it’s another short-term spending bill that kicks the can down the road, there’s a lot to dislike about this bill. It falls short of what’s needed to support communities affected by lead-tainted drinking water, suffering from the effects of drought and natural disasters, and coal miners who would lose their healthcare coverage.