House Democrats pass two spending bills aimed at ending shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday night passed a pair of spending bills that would fully fund and re-open the federal government, though neither will become law.

Hours into the first day of the 116th Congress, the House approved a bill that would fund the rest of the government through Sept. 30 with new funding levels. It separately approved a measure that would extend current funding for the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8.

The two-pronged appropriations plan to bring an end to the the government shutdown that began on Dec. 22 isn't expected to proceed any further: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has repeatedly made clear that he won’t bring the funding bills to the Senate floor because President Donald Trump wouldn’t sign them.

If the Senate were to pass the plan, Trump would veto it, the White House said Thursday ahead of the vote in a statement of administration policy.


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