House Passes Tenth Bill to Reopen Government, End Trump Shutdown
The House today approved, 231-180, a Continuing Resolution to reopen the Department of Homeland Security through February 28 and guarantee that Homeland Security employees receive back pay. It complements a package of six appropriations bills reflecting bipartisan House-Senate conference agreements that passed the House yesterday. Together, the two bills would ensure that the entire federal government can reopen while President Trump and Congress negotiate on border security and immigration policy.
“This Continuing Resolution would ensure that the Department of Homeland Security is open and its public servants, including Secret Service agents, transportation security officers, border patrol and customs officers, and the brave men and women of the Coast Guard, are paid for their hard work,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey said. “Yesterday, the House passed six bills to reopen most of the government. With this bill today, we can reopen the entire government, while providing time to negotiate a full year bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The Senate should pass it, and the President should sign it.”
Since January 3, the House has passed 10 bills to reopen the federal government. That includes this Continuing Resolution for Homeland Security, a package of six conferenced appropriations bills, a CR through February 28, an emergency disaster appropriations bill that included a CR through February 8, four individual bipartisan Senate appropriations bills, a package of six bipartisan Senate appropriations bills, and a CR for Homeland Security through February 8. House Republicans blocked the passage of an 11th bill, a CR through February 1.
For the text of H.J. Res. 31, please visit: https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20190121/BILLS-116hjres31.pdf