Once the Senate officially passes the bill funding the government for three weeks, it heads to the House. But there’s still a lot of work to do.
After a three-day standoff, Senate Democrats and Republicans have cleared a major hurdle to reopen the government — but only for three weeks.
In a last-minute decision, Senate Democrats agreed to pass a spending bill that would fund the federal government through February 8, and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, with an assurance from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to negotiate some kind of immigration deal within that time period and put a bill on the floor for a vote. TK VOTES AND SUCH.
Though the Senate has cleared a major hurdle to passing this bill, there are still a few more steps to reopening the government — the Senate has to officially pass the bill, then the House still has to pass the Senate’s bill, and finally President Trump has to sign it. All these steps are expected to happen so federal workers can resume work Tuesday.
The Senate failed to pass a spending bill Friday night, shutting down the government after Democrats and several Republicans handily voted down a House bill that would have extended the shutdown deadline to February 16. Since then, Democrats have been trying to extract firm assurances from Republican leaders, in hopes an immigration bill will land on President Trump’s desk.
Lawmakers have grown increasingly frustrated with the state of immigration negotiations. Republicans have punted on finding a legislative fix for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program since September, when the Trump administration announced it would end the program by March 5. They’ve also kicked down more permanent budget negotiations, instead passing three short-term spending deals since October 1 — this latest extends Read More Here