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House will vote this week on two stopgap funding bills to end shutdown

The House will vote this week on two measures that would end the partial government shutdown. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House this week will vote on two stopgap spending bills to reopen all closed government agencies, Democrats announced Monday.

The Democrats have introduced two continuing resolutions with varying lengths. One, which would reopen the government through Feb. 1, will be voted under suspension of the rules on Tuesday, the fast-track procedural move that requires two-thirds support for passage.

The other would open government through Feb. 28 and will be brought to the floor under a rule on Thursday.

The stopgap spending bills reflect Democrats’ view that government should be reopened before their party is willing to truly negotiate with President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans about border security spending, specifically a wall in parts of the southern border where there is none currently.

With more congressional Republicans growing uneasy about the shutdown and polls showing that the public blames Trump and the GOP more than Democrats for it, Democrats are hoping that Republicans will help them pass the stopgap spending bills.

House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey said in a statement announcing the two continuing resolutions that they “offer President Trump and Senate Republicans additional options to end the shutdown while allowing time for negotiation on border security and immigration policy.”

“We should pass them into law without delay,” the New York Democrat said.

Democrats can pass the Feb. 28 CR on their own but they would need at least 54 Republicans to vote for the Feb. 1 CR to pass it under suspension of the rules, which requires three-quarters support of those voting. 

But even if both measures pass the House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unlikely to bring them up because Trump would be unlikely to sign them. 

Trump said Monday that he rejected a three-week stopgap proposal from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, saying he wants to find a long-term solution.

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