Congress Heads in Opposite Directions on Shutdown
Shutdown enters second month
Lawmakers in the House and Senate will be taking up competing plans this week to reopen the government, although neither has enough support to pass both chambers and receive President Trump’s signature.
On Saturday, President Trump offered a solution to ending the shutdown and providing for border security. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “I intend to move to this legislation this week. With bipartisan cooperation, the Senate can send a bill to the House quickly so that they can take action as well." But there is not likely to be 60 votes favoring the legislation.
In the House, another bill will probably move forward on Wednesday that covers spending but does not include wall funding. The appropriations legislation is the latest strategic move to break the president’s demand for a wall, fence, or physical barrier at the southern border. That House bill would be “dead on arrival” at the Senate.
- For legislators in both chambers and in both sides of the aisle to find reasonable compromise on funding border security and reopening the government.
For the many federal furloughed employees who are still working, yet without paychecks.