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Proposal to End Government Shutdown?

01/03/2019

The incoming Democratic House majority will introduce legislation that will fund all Federal agencies through September 30th with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security.  The proposed legislation follows a similar bill that passed the Senate previously on a bipartisan vote.

The President has vowed to reject any bill not including funding for a Southern border wall for which $5 billion was requested.  By excluding the Homeland Security appropriation it would be considered reasonable to end the Government shutdown. Homeland Security appropriations could be the subject of a continuing resolution through February 8th. Sen. Mitch McConnell      (R-KY) the Senate Majority Leader has indicated that he will not place any legislation before the Senate that would in all probability not be signed by the President.

 

 Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated, “It would the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported.” 

 

To overcome a Presidential veto 55 Republicans would have to vote with every Democrat in the House.  Overriding a veto would also require the support of 67 Senators.