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The Latest: Government Shutdown Ends

by Countable | 1.22.18

President Donald Trump has signed the bill passed by Congress today to end the 69-hour government shutdown.

Both chambers of Congress were in session this weekend trying to reach a deal to reopen the government after enough Senate Democrats opposed a procedural vote on a stopgap funding bill that also extended CHIP for six years Friday night, causing a government shutdown. At issue was the lack of a comprehensive deal on a long-term budget and immigration reform.

Monday

Trump Signs the CR, Shutdown Ends: President Donald Trump has signed the legislation passed by Congress today to fund the government through February 8 and reauthorize CHIP for six years. With his signature, the 69-hour government shutdown of January 2018 is officially over.

House Passes the CR: The House is passed the CR on a bipartisan 266-150 vote with 221 Republicans and 45 Democrats voting to reopen the government. Of those opposed, 144 were Democrats and six were Republicans.

The bill now heads to President Donald Trump's desk to be signed into law.

House to Vote on CR Soon: The House is now expected to take up the Senate's CR between 5:15-6:15pm ET, and if passed it would go to President Donald Trump's desk to be signed into law.

Senate Passes the CR (With Back Pay): The Senate passed McConnell's CR on an 81-18 vote, with the same senators in opposition as the day's earlier cloture vote. The bill provides short-term gov't funding that runs through February 8, reauthorizes CHIP for six years, provides back pay to the military and furloughed federal workers, and delays several Obamacare taxes.

Senate Cuts Deal to Move Forward: Following news of a deal to bring legislation to the floor addressing the status of the so-called Dreamers by February 8, Senate Democrats have relented and will now join their Republican colleagues in voting to reopen the government.

The cloture vote to limit debate on McConnell's three-week CR passed on a bipartisan 81-18 vote, with 16 Democrats and two Republicans in opposition. The next step will be a vote to adopt and pass the amended CR, although it's not yet clear when that will be held.

If that passes, the House will then have to pass it before it can go to President Donald Trump's desk to be signed into law. House lawmakers are in DC and can be called to the floor for a vote at leadership's discretion.

Congress Returns: Both chambers of Congress will start their day at noon ET. The Senate is expected to take a procedural vote on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) amendment to the stopgap funding bill that would shorten the length of the CR to February 8 from February 16.

Sunday

Senate Ends Its Day: The Senate has adjourned until 10am Monday when it will be in a period of morning business until the procedural vote at noon.

Vote Delayed Until Tomorrow: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) asked for unanimous consent to move the scheduled cloture vote on his three week CR up from 1am to 10pm ET tonight. That was denied by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) because an agreement acceptable to Democrats hasn't been reached.

The procedural vote, which will be subject to a 60 vote threshold will now occur Monday 12pm ET. If successful, that will setup a passage vote on a CR that funds the government through February 8. McConnell has also agteed that if the Senate doesn't reach a deal on immigration and border security, military spending, disaster relief, and healthcare by that date he will schedule votes on bills to address those issues.

Negotiations Continue, Procedural Vote Awaits: Senators are pressing ahead with negotiations to reopen the government after reaching side agreements on long-term government funding and immigration reform.

If a deal is struck, the Senate could take a procedural vote to limit debate on McConnell's CR to would fund the government through February 8 earlier than 1am ET tonight. That would require unanimous consent from the Senate, as under the chamber's rules the cloture motion wouldn't "ripen" (be available for a vote) until that time.

House Gavels In: The House began its session at 2pm ET. It's now in recess subject to the call of the chair, which means leadership could summon members to the floor at a time of their choosing.

More UC Requests Blocked: Several senators have asked for unanimous consent to consider amendments to provide for military pay and death benefits, back pay for federal workers, and permanently reauthorize CHIP that were all denied.

Senate Starts Its Day: The Senate is back in session as of 1pm ET, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaking on the floor. The floor will be open for other senators to speak after they finish their remarks.

Saturday

Congress Calls It a Night: After adopting the same day authority rule, the House voted unanimously to adjourn until 2pm ET tomorrow.

The Senate has also adjourned, and will return at 1pm ET Sunday.

House Gives Itself "Same Day" Authority: The House adopted a rule allowing it to consider an amended CR on the floor the same day it's introduced or received from the Senate — if one is passed. This authority is sometimes referred to as "martial law", and would extend through January 29 to give the House maximum flexibility to end the shutdown.

The rule was adopted on a 235-170 vote, with 222 Republicans and 13 Democrats voting in favor. Only one Republican joined the 169 Democrats who opposed it.

McConnell Blocked Again on CR: Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) once again requested unanimous consent to immediately bring up an amendment to the CR that would fund the government through February 8. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) objected, meaning that the Senate can't consider it until unanimous consent is granted or Monday at 1am ET — whichever comes first.

House Decorum Vote: The House held a vote on a question of decorum. GOP lawmakers brought a poster of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to the floor featuring a Schumer quote that "A government shutdown is the politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis" and used the phrase "Schumer Shutdown". Democrats objected that those actions violated House rules preventing members from disparaging their colleagues or the president.

The Chair of the House ruled that it did not violate House rules, which then prompted a vote on the matter. The House voted 224-173 to table the objection, thus allowing the poster and language to be used, with 218 Republicans and six Democrats voting in favor.

Congress Returns: The House gavelled in at 9am and is currently in "recess subject to the call of the chair", which basically means lawmakers are on standby and could be called to the floor at a time determined by leadership. It also is expected to use procedural tools so that it can bring up the CR for a vote the same day an amended version is received from the Senate.

The Senate began its day at noon ET, and senators are on the floor offering their thoughts on the situation.

McConnell Offers Shorter CR: After the cloture vote failed, Majority Leader McConnell offered an amendment to shorten the stopgap funding bill so that it’d run through February 8 instead of February 16. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Democrats in denied McConnell’s request for unanimous consent to consider the amendment immediately. Assuming no unanimous consent agreement is reached, the earliest the amendment can be considered is Monday at 1am ET.

White House Lays Down Marker: The White House released a statement saying that it will not continue negotiate on immigration issues while the government is shutdown:

"We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands… When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform.”

Senate Vote Fails, Shutdown Begins: The cloture vote to limit debate closed at 12:36am ET and failed on a 50-49 vote, well short of the 60 votes needed — 44 Democrats were joined by four Republicans in opposing the short-term continuing resolution and CHIP extension. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also voted no so he could use Senate parliamentary rules to reconsider the vote at a later time.

Friday

CR Goes to Senate: Senators spent the day debating the stopgap funding bill and negotiating behind the scenes. A vote which began a little after 10pm ET remained open past the midnight deadline to fund the government.

Thursday

House Passes the CR: The House passed the CR on a 230-197 vote, with 224 Republicans being joined by six Democrats in voting to keep the government open and reauthorize CHIP.

The bill would keep the government open for four weeks while lawmakers negotiate deals on a long-term budget and immigration reform, in addition to reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, and delaying several taxes imposed by Obamacare.

Tell your reps what you think of the situation and what Congress should do to reopen the government using the Take Action button, then share your thoughts in the comments below!

— Eric Revell

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  • KansasTamale
    01/20/2018
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    How ridiculous is it that a party that has control of the entire US government cannot keep it open. This is what they get for cheating to get control. They have a Napoleon complex. It’s too bad that they’ve lost the ability to do bipartisan work.

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  • NoHedges
    01/20/2018
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    For all I care, this entire 'personal use' GOP can stay closed. From tonight's million dollar Mar-a-Lago gala funded on the backs to the middle class to the 2017 Corporate Tax Heist: I am done with all the childish actions. 🔵 A time out for these legislative toddlers is definitely overdue. No dance for you boys and girls. 🛑 This is about more than DACA and even more than CHIP. This is a signal from the American people. We demand reliable revenue to rebuild our infrastructure AND the restoration of every single political freedom/civil right this administration has dismantled INCLUDING NET NEUTRALITY and the reproductive rights of all women. ⚡️Invoke article 25 section 4 and remove Trump from office or remain closed indefinitely. 🌈predictit.org

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  • Cindy
    01/20/2018
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    #TrumpShutDown #ShitholePresident

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  • Phillip
    01/20/2018
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    There no need to scramble. Just govern! Pass the bipartisan agreed daca and chip proposals. Then pass a bipartisan agreed budget. Take your red noses and big shoes off and get to work you gop flunkies

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  • Paolo
    01/20/2018
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    That statement issued from the White House is so outrageous that not only it doesn’t need a decent comment, but it is essentially highlighting the enormous malignancy that dominates Trump ‘s heart. I hope that all the honest, decent, moral American people will treasure the indecency of this disgraceful person, the party that supports his ruinous administration and will make the indispensable change to bring the country back to be respected and admired.

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  • Edmund
    01/20/2018
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    Dear Republican -controlled Congress, if this is the best you can do, just stay closed. It’s probably a better use of public funds to pay you not to work than to actually let you continue your misguided attempts to actually govern. We’ll be rid of you in November. Until then, just stay home.

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  • Jacquelyn
    01/20/2018
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    We must pass a budget! We'll be in the same situation in 4 weeks if the "stop gap" is chosen. This has been kicked down the road twice since September 30th! DO THE RIGHT THING and vote yes for DACA and fund CHIPS, education, environment, infrastructure, military needs and veterans benefits.

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  • Walter
    01/20/2018
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    Trump scrambled to revive business and put more dollars in the pockets of voters, while delusional Democrats scrambled to shutdown the government in the name of opening borders to illegal immigrants. Remember this when you go to the polls.

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  • Judith
    01/20/2018
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    HOLD THE LINE DEMOCRATS !!! KEEP THEIR FEET TO THAT FIRE THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CREATED !!! THE REPUBLICANS SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO CO-OPERATE WITH A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT SO THEY COULD DESTROY THE SAFE GUARDS FOR LEGAL CHILD IMMIGRANTS !!! AND RUIN CHIP AS WELL AS DESTROY OUR CIVIL RIGHTS, FAIR VOTING, AND THEN HAND OVER OUR COUNTRY TO THE RUSSIANS !!! HOLD THAT LINE UNTIL HELL FREEZES OVER IF NECESSARY !!!!! THEN WE WILL SHOW THEM WHO REALLY HAS A SPINE !!!! HOLD THAT LINE !!!!!!! HOLD DEMOCRATS !!!!! HOLD !!!!!

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  • Deirdre
    01/20/2018
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    Stay closed. The country can run without you

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  • Ryan
    01/20/2018
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    Stay closed. The GOP is a disgusting shell of itself and has abandoned any humanity and logic for corporate profits and destructive industries. Until they can learn that the country is for everyone that wants to contribute, their contributions aren’t needed.

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  • nursissistic
    01/20/2018
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    The US Congress exists primarily to appropriate the MONEY. If they can’t do that and even a portion of the federal government shuts down, leaving affected employees without paychecks (and some of them have to work without anyway!), then why oh why are congressional members still drawing paychecks?!? I STRONGLY believe that they should have to work without pay until they appropriate the funds!

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  • Candace
    01/20/2018
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    As your constituent, I urge you to be the voice for my opinion, what appears to be the will of the people - that we must protect DACA and we must extend the child health insurance plan immediately - regardless of what the White House is saying. Let them veto it. I dare them to veto it, and if they do you override it! Do your job!!!

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  • Phyllis
    01/22/2018
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    How ironic that my husband, who has served in 10 deployments since Desert Storm will not be getting paid, while the Congress, who cannot get a budget passed are still getting paid? Perhaps we need to start paying Congress minimum wage, cutting their pay when the government shuts down, give them the very same healthcare, vacation time, pension plan that the average American gets? It is time for a change. Enough of corporate welfare. Enough of ego driven, greedy, vile tweeting leadership. Do your jobs and represent the people.

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  • Travis.DeLee
    01/20/2018
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    Y’all better vote for children Healthcare and DACA. Who gives about that dumb wall. The US is a humanitarian country! We are loving.

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  • Rick
    01/20/2018
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    You all are ridiculous!!!! We vote you in to be our representation!!! Yet if I did so poorly at my job that It needed to be shut down what would happen to me??? You bet!!! FIRED!!! No job!!! No money!!! Yet you are not held to the same standards!!! The money that will be lost as a result of your inability todo your job should come out of your pay, benefits, and severances packages NOT more of my tax dollars!!! Then you pawn off issues like the bump fire stocks on other agencies that have no business making laws because it is too hot of a topic and it is easier to have a scapegoat since mid-term elections are around the corner!!! I am mad as hell to be an American right now!!! I feel I’m being taxed without representation!!!!

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  • Gerry
    01/20/2018
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    I wish there was a way to not pay politicians until I got this fixed. You might see some action

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  • Dwane
    01/20/2018
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    Bull shit! This shutdown is COMPLETELY the Dems and specific ally Schumer’s fault! The idea they hurt America to benefit illegal aliens is unconscionable and should be illegal. The bastards just want to import a new electorate that is indebted to the Dems so they can continue to control the world.

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  • anitachiquita
    01/20/2018
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    Yes Republicans are the majority in the House and Senate. For people who don't seem to understand, this bill needs 60 votes to pass. This does not give them "control" in this situation. It's simple math guys. No Democrats voted for the stop gap funding so Democrats have shut down the government not Republicans because of DACA. Come election time remember Democrats chose DACA recipients (illegal aliens) over American citizens.

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  • Angie
    01/20/2018
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    Maybe if they all quit acting like toddlers that got the blue sippy cup instead of the red one they wanted. Geesh people, you are supposed to be adults and know how to work together.

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