They’re kicking the can down the road until February 8th.
Congress passed a legislation to reopen the government Monday night but the 2 1/2-week spending agreement doesn’t resolve an immigration issue that led to the federal shutdown.
The House voted 266-150 in favor of the bill funding the government through Feb. 8, extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years and delaying three Obamacare taxes.
House members also agreed with a Senate resolution to pay federal workers through the shutdown.
The measure will be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature after passing through Congress.
“I am pleased the Democrats and Congress have come to the senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children,” Trump said in a statement. “As I have always said, once the government is funded my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration. We will make a long-term deal on immigration if and only if it is good for our country.”
Previously, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he would vote to end the shutdown with the expectation that the Republican Party will abide by an agreement to address the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has been a key sticking point in negotiations.
The deal is a short-term fix, funding the government through Feb. 8, with ongoing negotiations on immigration and federal spending.