Congress Votes to End Government Shutdown: What You Should Know

The play-by-play you won’t get anywhere else

Congress voted to end the government shutdown today, after three days of tense negotiations resulted in a three-week spending bill and an Arthur Fonzarelli impression from Mitch McConnell.


Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Senate voted to reopen the government after a bipartisan group of senators worked hard to end the gridlock and broker a compromise, and Trump did this all weekend:

  • Democrats had debated whether to trust Senator Mitch McConnell’s promise to take up a larger immigration bill in the coming weeks, especially since they know he tends to move rather… slowly…

  • Democrats ultimately decided to trust his word and dropped their objections.

  • The three-week spending bill will fund the government until Feb. 8, at which point there could be another showdown and some very awkward Valentine’s Day exchanges in Congress.

  • The vote was 266-150, with 36 more yes votes than the four-week resolution they passed last week and nearly as many “no”s as Trump has ignored from women.

  • The measure will now go to President Trump for his signature to reopen the government.

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