House votes today on a six-bill omni and a February 28th CR
H.R. 648 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019
H.J.Res. 28 – Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
Politico reports that freshmen Democrats are pressuring leadership to find an end to the shutdown. Many believe they were elected last fall to find compromise:
“A group of centrist House Democrats, sick of political posturing, is pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to counter Trump’s immigration proposal with her own potential compromise. The group, led by freshman Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, is asking the California Democrat to offer Trump a vote on his border wall or some sort of negotiated security package in February if he first signs a bill reopening the federal government.”
Senate vote on ending the shutdown
The Senate will vote tomorrow on two options for ending the shutdown. The first includes the six FY 19 unfinished but conferenced bills and the President’s DACA proposal, along with other immigration reform.
The second vote will be on a clean CR that runs through Feb. 8.
Politico Playbook outlines the significance of the two votes:
“– BOTH OF THESE BILLS are likely to fail. Neither is expected to reach 60 votes. What this does do is it gives senators a chance to vote on government funding — something MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL’S Senate has not done in a few weeks.
“– FOR THE RECORD: There will be Republicans who vote for the clean stopgap bill — but, as of now, not enough to reopen the government. Ending this standoff doesn’t appear to be the purpose of this exercise at this point. This is a pressure-valve release, of sorts.
“– WHAT THIS WILL DO: THIS SHOWS THE PRESIDENT that neither option is workable, at the moment, and some dynamic has to change if government is going to reopen.”
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