House passes spending bills to reopen parts of government, Senate unlikely to...

House passes spending bills to reopen parts of government, Senate unlikely to follow suit

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U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives Thursday evening passed the second and third iterations of a package of four spending bills to reopen parts of the government that have now been shut down for 20 days.

The Transportation and Housing appropriations bills passed 244-188, with 12 Republicans voting with the Democratic majority.

The Agriculture appropriations bill passed 243-183, with 10 Republicans voting with the Democrats.

The House passed legislation on Wednesday to fund the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The House is expected to pass the fourth spending bill on Friday.

Nevertheless, the bills are considered dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Senate because they do not provide money for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Trump has said if he will allow the shutdown to continue until Congress agrees to allocate $5.6 billion for the wall and that if they do not he will declare a national emergency to build it.

Trump met with border security officials in southwest Texas on Thursday afternoon.

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