Congress passes bill to end government shutdown

1 month 1 day 12 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 5:50:00 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
By: Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

WASHINGTON - It took three days, but Congress has passed a spending bill to end the government shutdown.

If President Donald Trump signs the spending bill, the federal government will reopen. This means nonessential government employees will go back to work along with the reopening of national parks and museums.

The spending bill will fund the government until Feb. 8 and continues the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to begin debating immigration by that date according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schummer.

Senate Democrats and some Senate Republicans were holding back their votes for another temporary spending bill in hopes for a deal to create immigration reform or expand DACA protections for dreamers.   

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