Government Shutdown: What Happened

Posted on Jan 23, 2018

On Monday, January 22, 2018, Congress voted to end the government shutdown. Trump signed a bill, ending the "standoff." However, according to NBCNews and The New York Times, the bill only provides government funding until February 8th of 2018. This could warrant another government shutdown. 

For the time being, after three days of heavy negotiating the future of immigration, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell states, "...I'm glad we have gotten past [the government shutdown] and we have a chance to get back to work."

McConnell explains that Congress will continue "negotiating the global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement isn't reached by Feb. 8, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA."

For now, CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) will be funded for six more years, and certain taxes, under the Affordable Care Act, are being eliminated. 

NBCNews recorded White House Spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying, "Right now, again, we want a permanent solution to [the DACA] program. But we also want to keep a big priority for the administration is making sure we don't find ourselves having the same battle in two, three, four and five years down the road. So we have to have a responsible immigration reform that addresses a number of issues, not just the DACA program."

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