Federal Government Shutdown Update

The House voted 240-188 to clear a spending bill that would reopen the Treasury Department and the IRS, in addition to other agencies. Eight Republicans voted in favor of the bill, H.R. 264 (116), following a White House and GOP effort to quell defections.

The House plans to pass 3 additional funding measures by the end of the week ending January 11, 2019.

These House votes come after President Donald Trump threatened to veto all four individual spending bills, stressing that any effort to reopen the government “must address the security and humanitarian crisis on our Southwest border.”

Each bill would appropriate funds through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. Democrats have not released a bill text for Homeland Security appropriations, where the border funding fight is tied up.