Senate Republicans to Hold First Vote to Reopen Government and Give Feds a Raise

Government Executive | January 22, 2019

Senate Republicans this week will for the first time hold a vote to reopen all of the government after a month of a partial shutdown, though House Democrats are pushing their own plan and neither one is likely to make it to President Trump’s desk. The Senate released a plan to fund federal agencies through fiscal 2019, including Trump’s requested spending for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and significant changes to immigration policy. Democrats have objected to the latter provisions, which correspond to an offer Trump made over the weekend to reopen the government, and are not likely to provide the support necessary for the measure to surpass the 60-vote threshold.

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The funding impasse shutting down parts of the U.S. government is now in its 29th day. As we reported in Science & Enterprise, the dispute is disrupting the conduct of science in the U.S. and affecting the work of many agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration.

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The funding impasse shutting down parts of the U.S. government is now in its 29th day. As we reported in Science & Enterprise, the dispute is disrupting the conduct of science in the U.S. and affecting the work of many agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration.

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