Friday, January 4, 2019

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New Democratic House passes legislation to reopen government; Senate unlikely to consider it

WASHINGTON – Democratic House members, including  Nita Lowey and Sean Patrick Maloney, voted on Thursday to end the partial government shutdown and return the 800,000 impacted federal employees who were either furloughed or are working without pay back to normalcy. 

“This legislation moves forward in the areas where there has already been bipartisan agreement in the Senate, restoring vital services for the American people and allowing public servants to get back to work,” said Lowey. “And it provides additional time for a resolution on Homeland Security funding.”

“The Trump Tantrum has to come to an end so we can get our federal workers paid and get down to business here in Washington,” said Maloney. “The Senate was content to get everything funded and talk about the wall later – we’re doing the same thing. The ball is in the president’s court – all he needs to do is support the bill which passed both Houses of Congress with bipartisan support.”

The House is now in Democratic control, as of yesterday. 

The measure is not likely make it to the Senate floor.  Republicans expanded their majority in the upper house with the November election.


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