Senate passes short-term spending bill to reopen government

Senate passes short-term spending bill to reopen government

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

WASHINGTON – The Senate late Friday afternoon passed a short-term spending bill that would reopen the government and end the now-35-day-long partial shutdown.

The measure passed unanimously by voice vote.

The continuing resolution (CR) funds outstanding executive departments at existing levels through Feb. 15. Passage is accompanied by an agreement to form a joint House-Senate conference committee to study President Donald Trump’s request for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The vote came several hours after Trump spoke in the White House Rose Garden and announced the deal.

However, Trump said if lawmakers do not come up with a more comprehensive border security agreement in the next three weeks another shutdown is possible. Trump reiterated that he has not ruled out declaring a national emergency in order to get the wall built.

Earlier this month Congress passed legislation to provide back pay for furloughed federal workers. Today marked the second time this month that those workers received a paystub showing deferred pay.

The House is expected to take up the CR this evening.

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