Senate Expected to Pass Bill to End Shutdown
January 25, 2019
Source: The Hill
The Senate is expected to take up a three-week stopgap bill to end the partial government shutdown later Friday after President Trump agreed to end the shutdown.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that with “cooperation” the Senate can pass the continuing resolution (CR) on Friday, minutes after Trump announced the deal from the White House.
“With cooperation, we can pass legislation opening the government and send the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] appropriations bill to a conference with the House today,” McConnell said.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that he expected the CR to “clear the House and be signed by the president today.”
“As soon as the president signs the legislation to open government, we in Congress will roll up our sleeves. I genuinely hope that this process can produce something that is good for the country and acceptable to both sides,” Schumer said.
McConnell will technically need to get unanimous consent to pass the stopgap funding measure. But several senators leaving a closed-door GOP lunch predicted it would pass easily by a voice vote, meaning only a few senators will need to be on the floor.
The agreement locked down by Trump and congressional leadership would open up the quarter of the government that has been closed since Dec. 22 and fund it until Feb. 15. In exchange, Congress would agree to go to conference on the DHS funding bill.