Budget and Appropriations – Congress Reaches Another Short Term Spending Deal, Ending Three-Day Government Shutdown

The Senate voted late today to reopen the government, ending a three-day standoff that left hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed. The measure will keep the government funded through February 8. An agreement was reached after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised to allow an immigration bill to reach the floor next month. This deal falls short of the Democrats’ initial demand on the basics of a deal to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and protect “Dreamers” facing deportation. Fortunately, the bill also includes a six-year funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As many as 20 states would have run out of CHIP money by February 1 if Congress failed to reach a deal. The bill must now be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by the President before becoming law.

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