Federal Spotlight: Government Shutdown Ends After Three Days

January 25, 2018

The federal government, which partially shut down early Saturday morning, has been reopened after a compromise was reached between Senate Democrats and Republicans. The three-day impasse occurred as Democrats in the Senate insisted on attaching Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation to any type of continuing resolution moving forward. The Senate voted 81-19 to approve a short-term CR through Feb. 8. The House voted 260-155. President Trump signed the measure Monday evening. The deal includes a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but doesn’t contain any DACA provisions. President Trump announced late last year the DACA program would be terminated on March 5 if Congress didn’t come up with a legislative fix. Expect a very similar fight to occur leading up to the Feb. 8 deadline for the current CR.