Congress takes up legislation this week to reopen the federal government after a new offer from President Trump, but divergent efforts in the House and Senate look destined to go nowhere, leaving the month-old stalemate no closer to resolution.
The Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), will take up a proposal announced by Trump on Saturday to reopen the government — trading temporary protections for young undocumented immigrants and other immigration provisions for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. Democrats have rejected the proposal, which would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year and fund disaster relief efforts, so it appears unlikely to garner the 60 votes necessary to advance.
The House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), will pass a series of spending bills that would reopen portions of the government that have nothing to do with the wall. The legislation will include some security priorities supported by both parties, including a total of about $1 billion for immigration judges and ports of entry along the border. But the House legislation is dead on arrival in the Senate, where McConnell has made clear he will not advance any spending bills Trump won’t sign.
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The partial government shutdown, already the longest in U.S. history, entered its 31st day Monday.
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