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Senators push to temporarily reopen government

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/25/19, 11:01 am

WASHINGTON—With the partial government shutdown reaching its 35th day Friday and about 800,000 federal workers missing another round of paychecks, the Senate is once again scrambling to negotiate a funding compromise. After two competing bills aimed at alleviating the shutdown failed to muster enough support on the Senate floor Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., met with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to discuss how to break the stalemate.

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Budget bills fail in the Senate, talks ongoing

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/24/19, 05:32 pm

WASHINGTON—The Senate rejected competing Democratic and Republican bills to end the 34-day partial government shutdown Thursday, the day before 800,000 federal workers are set to miss another paycheck. The Senate first voted 50-47 for a plan back by President Donald Trump that included $5.7 billion for funding a southern border wall. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., supported that bill, but it didn’t receive the necessary 60 votes for a budget bill to advance. The Democratic proposal won over six Republicans—Sens.

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Senate considers dueling budget bills

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/23/19, 11:41 am

WASHINGTON—The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on competing measures to reopen the parts of the federal government affected by the partial shutdown, but neither is likely to win enough support to pass. Senators face a choice between President Donald Trump’s proposal that combines $5.7 billion for a wall at the U.S. southern border with some protections for young illegal immigrants and Democrats’ stopgap measure that provides no money for the wall but funds the government through Feb. 8.

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