McConnell and Schumer strike deal to pass short-term budget, reopen government

01/22/2018 04:12 PM

With a wide majority the Senate voted on Monday to pass a short-term resolution to end a three day government shutdown.

Democrats joined most Republicans in voting for a spending plan which would fund the government through February 8; in exchange Congress will examine the fate of dreamers under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The legislation includes the Child Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, which provides health insurance for 93,000 Kentucky kids and 9 million children across the United States. Congress failed to reauthorize the stand-alone bipartisan program in September of 2017.

“I think if we’ve learned anything during this process is that a strategy to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration is something that the American people didn’t understand,” McConnell said on the Senate floor on Monday.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, opposed the spending bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives will need to also agree to the bill before the President can sign the bill and officially reopen government.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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